Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
My Chef's Knives - Global, Miyabi, Wusthof
  • Melissa Brunetti

    Growing up in Chicago, my passion for food started early while cooking in the kitchen with my Italian Grandma. She taught me the simplicity of high quality ingredients, cooked with proper technique. This lead me to culinary school at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Being there for four years really solidified that this was the field I was meant to be in for the rest of my life. I learned how to cook every cuisine and met fellow classmates from around the globe. I graduated in 2008 with honors, with a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts Management.

    From there I worked in kitchens all over the states, from New York to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and ultimately ending up in Chicago again. I explored every position from baking to pastry, hot appetizers, fish, and grill stations. In my 18 years of experience, I've had the opportunity to work in kitchen management as a Chef and in the Front of House as a General Manager. The thing that I LOVE about this industry is that it has allowed me to learn something new every single day.

    Throughout the years I have had the opportunity to work with all different kinds of cooking equipment, cookware and knives both in professional kitchens and at home. I am excited to share all of my knowledge with you!

    24 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
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    CategoryKitchen Expert
    Customers helped442
    Favorite cuisineItalian
    Current locationChicago, IL
    Favorite cocktailDirty Martini
    Favorite chefGrant Achatz and Chris Pandel
    Favorite cook bookMastering Art of French Cooking
    Favorite knifeMiyabi Artisan Chefs Knife
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    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Keisha
    Very Helpful
    Melissa was very helpful in getting pieces that were exactly what I wanted and looked fabulous. She inquired first if spending slightly more was possible to get better pieces, so while the options weren't cheap ( why would you be here if thats your first priority anyway) the choices really hit the mark. Thank you!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 3, 2024
    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Fred
    Greatly appreciated Melissa's suggestions!
    Sometimes it's frustrating doing all the research when buying pretty much anything these days. I stumbled upon this site and am so thankful I did. Melissa helped me select exactly what I needed and at no point did I feel like I was being up sold or directed to a product I didn't need. Thanks so much!!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 30, 2024
    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Emma
    Emma's experience with Melissa
    I had never heard of Curated and didn't know what I was getting into when I stumbled onto the website. Not knowing I was going to be talking to someone, I was a little hesitant, but Melissa was amazing and I immediately felt comfortable talking with her. The information she gave me about options she picked was so helpful. I never would have found these on my own, let alone known what I was really even looking for.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 22, 2023
    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Traci
    Traci's experience with Melissa
    I got Melissa for assistance in selecting quality pots and pans. I originally asked for cast-iron which she gave me several options for those, and also included some stainless steel options. Which, ironically, my husband, who is the cook in the family decided to go with the stainless steel instead. So it’s awesome that she included that.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 21, 2023
    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Jennifer
    Terrific expert advice
    Melissa was very patient with all of my questions and the extended period of time it took me to make my decision. My shopping experience was less stressful and ended with a purchase I know I will love.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 15, 2024
    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Maddy
    Melissa was awesome!
    Melissa helped me decide on a set of pans after I had lots of trouble figuring out what was right for me. She was fast, efficient, and so helpful. Would absolutely recommend her to a friend! Thanks, Melissa!!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 25, 2023
    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Danyka
    Super helpful!
    Thank you so, so much for your recommendations. I'm very much looking forward to receiving my delivery! I've been planning to buy a santoku for quite a while, and the Henckels looks great.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 19, 2024
    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Alexis
    Alexis's experience with Melissa
    We were pretty overwhelmed with all of the options for new cookware sets but the quiz and expert took all of the stress out of finding the best set for us and our budget
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 19, 2023
    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Jessica
    Jessica's experience with Melissa
    She helped me pick out a blender and shared her own personal experience with it along with her experience of use in it in the field of cooking.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 12, 2024
    Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
    Reviewer: Amber
    Quick responses
    Melissa was always quick to respond. She kept in touch but not pushy in anyway. I can’t wait to get my knives!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 28, 2024
    Melissa Brunetti
    5.0 from 24 reviews
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