Melissa Celli is a New Jersey native who came to Ninja after a 15-year career in the food industry. Her love of food and cooking began in childhood while observing her mother cook many meals and desserts for her family. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in food service management and culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in 2009, Melissa went on to work for the likes of Wegmans Food Markets, Walt Disney World, Steritech, Compass Group, and Whole Foods Market in various cooking, food safety, and management roles. She has been with Ninja since 2019 and is one of the lead culinary developers on Ninja® Heated. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, choral singing, baking and spending time with her husband Alfredo and their dog, Carmella.