Melissa Miranda

American chef and restaurateur, owner of Musang, James Beard Award semifinalist

Melissa Miranda is an American chef and restaurateur. Miranda was named one of Food and Wine Magazine's 2022 Best New Chefs and is a 2023 James Beard Award semifinalist.[1][2]


  • It’s not about making space at the table, because we’ve been at the table. Filipinos have been working our butts off for chefs cooking other people’s cuisine. It’s time to cook our food.
  • The thing that I’m most excited about is the sense of pride. There is a sense of pride to be Filipino again, and that has come from food.
  • When we talk about pride, we are reclaiming it. We are giving value to not just food, but to ourselves, and to our history, and honoring the struggles that our parents went through. And I can talk about my dad a lot, but my mom, she has been my biggest cheerleader. She has been at every single event.
  • Because of the colonization that occurred in the Philippines, we were never given a sense of value. Because of that, we never gave value to our food


  1. Shah, Khushbu (12 September 2022). "Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2022: Melissa Miranda". Food & Wine. Retrieved 22 June 2023.
  2. The 2023 James Beard Awards Semifinalists | James Beard Foundation". Retrieved 2023-06-22.
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