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Growing up on the border has given this El Paso born Chef a unique perspective that has help shape her culinary career. Since 2015, Chef Melissa has made herself an integral part of the culinary scene in San Antonio. As a senior team member of the critically acclaimed and nationally lauded Mixtli, Melissa continues to dive into the history of Mexican cuisine while refining her skills as a chef and a leader. In 2022 Chef Melissa joined the elite  ranks of expat chefs that make up FamilyMEAL. The group highlights and magnifies the unique cuisine of her border town. While raising money and awareness for migrant families and children.