Fine dining in the intimacy of your own home.


Meet The Chef

Melissa Brannan is a culinary professional with more than 15 years in the industry. Her experience runs the gamut from restaurant work to high-end catering to selling wine in Napa Valley, even baking and decorating wedding cakes.

Before starting Now You're Cooking, Melissa ran the cooking school at Williams-Sonoma's flagship store in San Francisco's Union Square and spent five years at Williams-Sonoma's corporate test kitchen, developing recipes for the catalog and website, helping create new food products, and testing and comparing cooking equipment.

Melissa is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and Brown University. She lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. There you can find her extolling the virtues of vegetables to her two boys and sneaking ice cream out of the container when no one's looking.





What clients are saying

I don't miss a class at Bella Nonnas when Melissa is the chef! Not only is the food delicious, Melissa doesn't make you feel uncomfortable to ask questions about techniques or equipment that she uses.  Recipes are easy to follow and she puts her own special twist on each one.  You don't want to miss the opportunity to attend one of her classes.  



                             —Gretchen B.

Melissa has been our in-home chef for several dinner parties and I would highly recommend her.  She is professional, efficient and so easy to work with when planning a custom menu.  And her meals are fantastic, very flavorful and prepared with top quality ingredients.  We truly feel like guests at our own party when Melissa is our in-home chef!  

                                   —Ellen A.

Melissa has cooked at several events for my family, from small dinners to larger cocktail parties. Her food is always delicious and creative. She had a wide repertoire of casual to formal dishes. She is a professional with impressive experience. I would highly recommend her!   




                                —Lisa M.


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