San Francisco chef Melissa King returns for next ‘Top Chef’ season – San Francisco Chronicle

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The next season of the enduring culinary competition show “Top Chef” promises to be an entertaining one with 15 familiar faces returning for an all stars face-off.

One of those contestants is Melissa King, the San Francisco chef who made it to the semifinals on season 12 in Boston.

King specializes in Californian cuisine with Asian flavors, often reflecting her family’s Hong Kong roots. She cooked in several San Francisco restaurants, including Campton Place, Luce and Delfina, and trained under acclaimed chefs such as Dominique Crenn.

King doesn’t currently work in a restaurant. Instead, she’s a brand ambassador for Whole Foods and has collaborated with ice cream brand Humphry Slocombe on a number of Asian-inspired flavors, including Hong Kong Milk Tea, Coconut Shoyu Caramel and Yuzu Cream. She also works with nonprofits like La Cocina and is an advocate for the LGBTQ community.

Season 17 will take place in Los Angeles, where King will face off against fan favorites such as Eric Adjepong (season 16), Bryan Voltaggio (season 6) and Lee Anne Wong (season 1) — plus another chef with local roots. Joe Sasto, who competed on season 15, worked at Michelin-starred restaurants Lazy Bear and Quince in San Francisco before moving to Southern California. The show premieres March 19 on Bravo.

Janelle Bitker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @janellebitker

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