|An Interview With Melissa Khoury|
As the Executive Sous Chef for one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Cleveland Metro area, Melissa Khoury has been making a name for herself. This Johnson and Wales grad is astounding the Cleveland culinary scene with her talent for anything porcine. Her Twitter handle says it all (@iHeartSwine). She took time out of her very busy schedule to talk about her culinary beginnings, her love for pork, and Snout to Tail, the ultimate urban pig roast hosted by Emerging Chefs.
How did you get your start as a chef?
Growing up, my mom and grandma were always in the kitchen, some of my favorite memories come from hanging with them.
Simple. I like to to take flavors from all over the world and play with them. I try and let the products speak for themselves.
I think it important to support local chefs and local shops. Having fun and being adventurous.
What do you think is the most exciting thing about the Cleveland culinary scene at the moment?
Cleveland is blooming with young and upcoming chefs. The support the chefs show each other is outstanding. With the support comes challenge and I think it keeps things fresh and new.
Since moving back to CLE I have found myself making a name through pork... the boys from Emerging Chefs approached me and I keep true to myself and a pig roast seem to be just right.
I make a lot of the sausage and ham we use at the restaurant. I'm the happiest girl in the world to break down a hog.
Myself and the EC John Roskowski try to make up a laid back experience. We want the food to speak for itself with out the foo foo.
Get to see Melissa in action on May 24th from 6-9pm at
SNOUT TO TAIL (click link for tickets)