New Orleans, U.S.A.
Chef and Author of Mosquito Supper Club
Melissa M. Martin grew up on the Louisiana coast and has lived in New Orleans for 25 years. She honed her self-taught culinary skills to a professional level in the Napa Valley. In 2014, she opened Mosquito Supper Club a Cajun restaurant created to celebrate the bounty of fishermen and farmers that define Bayou cuisine. In 2020 she published Mosquito Supper Club Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou, her cookbook won an IACP award for best American Cookbook and Cookbook of the Year in 2021. She won a 2022 James Beard Foundation Award for Best South: Chef and Best Book: U.S. Foodways for her cookbook Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou. Find her on Instagram @mosquitosupperclub