United States Chef
Melinda Winner Chef Profile
No matter what my age or condition it is never to late to become what I might have been !
Hello my name is Melinda Winner I am a Chef who developed arthritis in my early twenties . Rheumatoid arthritis is a very crippling and disabling auto immune disease. RA, is the worst of my five forms of arthritis. I also was born with a birth injury to my right arm, leaving me with limited use. Cooking is not only my passion but my life. I thought when I became sick any hopes of being able to prepare dishes were gone. However; I was wrong. After 25 years of arthritis. I developed many of ways to prepare meals using other parts of my body not just my hands. I also revamped everyday items around my home to use as kitchen gadgets. I even use my thumb ring to open plastic containers. So when I say cooking is my life it really is. I have great respect for food. Some of my fondest memories are of learning to cook with my Mother as a young child. Teaching my children and Grand Children how to make their favorite dishes. If you have arthritis, chronic pain or injury and love to cook please connect with me and I will share my tips and tricks. Please feel free to look at my learning to cook videos or my web site. It,s nice to meet you . I look forward to not only sharing recipes but making new Foodie friends.
My Mother, Chef Ranoldie , Paula Deen, Ina Garden and of course Guy ! After being on the Ultimate Recipe Showdown I had a new respect for Guy F. He is an amazing Chef.
Awards, Honors and Societies
Won over 50 recipe contests
Cooked off on the Food Network
Have been on several News Casts cooking both here in the US and Canada.
I have written two books
Yankee cooking with Southern Charm
A Complete Illustrated guide to cooking with arthritis.
- A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis (Because I wrote it , lol ) (Melinda Winner)
- This is my second book and I worked two very long years on it, it has step by step color photos demo
- Jamie Oliver, (All of his books) (Jamie Oliver )
- I adore his fresh product recipes
Chefs I recommend
- Danny Boome
- He is fun and has alot of great tips !