“Melissa Ward has changed almost everything about how my wife and I now consume food. She has given me, the cook in our family, a number of unique recipes which have made it possible for both of us to cut down on sugary desserts. She has changed where I shop from boutique convenience stores to CO-OPs and farmer's markets.
She has additionally taught me something about the art of cooking: how better ingredients help contribute to better tasting meal and how to care about the overall presentation of food. I now grow my own herbs and use them in most of my meals. I would recommend her highly to any family or individual that wants to graduate from pedestrian cooking, to a higher level of fine healthy dining."
Dana Gardiner - Beverly Hills, California
“After I had a medical exam where my blood pressure was 140/95, my cholesterol was 240 and my weight was 180, Melissa put me on a diet program.
After 30 days on her program, I had a second physical. My blood pressure was 120/80, cholesterol was 199 and my weight was 155. Even my doctor was impressed! I stayed on the program for 2 more months and got back down to my college weight of 132.
That was two years ago and I've kept the weight off. I learned a new healthy way of eating and Melissa Ward is responsible. I will forever be in her debt.”
JW - Santa Monica
"Melissa Ward is a true resource in the area of nutrition and wellness. I have referred her to many friends (and my mother) who needed help either dieting or convalescing. She loves sharing her knowledge of healthy foods and supplements. She is an inspiring teacher because she makes positive choices in her own life."
Leanne Ungar - Boston
“Melissa is a great teacher. Her knowledge of healthy cooking is invaluable. She makes cooking a delicious and nutritious meal fun. With great enthusiasm, I can recommend both her outdoor classes and private lessons and look forward to taking more in the future.”
“I have been fortunate enough to eat food from Organic Gourmet which Melissa prepared personally. It is delicious, healthy, creatively conceived, and the presentation is flawless and elegant.”
“Melissa has an extensive knowledge of nutrition and cooks the most amazingly delicious, healthy and beautiful food using the highest quality ingredients in a creative way. Every dish she has ever prepared for us has been fantastic.”
Annmarie Dalton - Santa Monica
“I worked for Melissa's catering company for several years at a variety of events and found her to be well organized, prepared for anything and able to pull things together with a wonderful sense of ease. More importantly, her food was always extremely healthy and beautifully prepared. Her feel for organic cuisine is truly innate. And her curiosity about the properties of food and preparation techniques limitless. I'd recommend Melissa as a teacher, as a coach or in any situation where I needed to learn more about healthy eating and cooking.”
Jill Boniske - Asheville, NC
“Melissa possesses thorough nutritional knowledge derived from years of experience and research. Her expertise in the field of healing foods is outstanding. As a culinary educator as well as wellness coach she will help you identify goals (nutritional or otherwise), plan strategies and create structures toward healthy living. Out of the box thinking.”
“Melissa Ward provided healthy, tasty nutritional foods to me when I was recovering from an illness. She is an excellent chef and nutritionist, uses organic tasty fresh foods, and is highly supportive of individual needs.”
“Melissa is a creative master in the kitchen. I'm so impressed with her in-depth knowledge of food's healing power, and her ability to harness that into delicious recipes worthy of dinner parties or simple meals at home. She is fun, trustworthy and professional. I also think you get a great value in her services. Her compassionate personality also makes her a wonderful wellness coach. You won't regret hiring this amazing woman.”
“Melissa takes individual dietary needs very seriously and is personable and innovative in her approach.”
Prudence Hall, M.D.
The Hall Center - Santa Monica
“The combinations of flavors and balance of tastes and textures made each bite a delight.”
Elizabeth Weber - Santa Monica
“Melissa’s nutritional knowledge is excellent, and she always guided us to the freshest and healthiest of foods.”
LA - Malibu
“You are a very talented chef. Your food is terrific. I lost ten pounds in less than two months with your food in a nutritious, flavorful and enjoyable way.”
SM - Pacific Palisades