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Melanie Diamond-ManlusocNEW MAKER!

Philadelphia, PA, USA


Melanie Diamond-Manlusoc, chef and co-owner of Flow State CoffeeBar, holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Michigan State University and an Associates of Applied Sciences of Patisserie and Baking from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Chicago. While she was studying classical saxophone at MSU, she took a trip to northern Italy for a saxophone festival. There she fell in love with the rich, custard-based gelati of Emilia Romagna. During a very successful career as a band director, she ran away to culinary school, opened her own gelato business, and quickly moved up the pastry ladder in Chicago’s finest kitchens. She was chef/owner of Gelato Vero and trained in the James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred kitchens of Blackbird, Avec, Henri, Japonais, Japonais by Morimoto, Spiaggia, and Cafe Spiaggia. She was nominated as a Rising Star Pastry Chef in 2015, consulted with Anheuser-Busch for their 'Let's Grab A Beer' campaign, and her work has been featured numerous local, national, and international food publications.