After having premiered on Discovery Plus in November 2021 The Great Soul Food Cook-Off aired on OWN Network on 6 May 2022 and got noticed even more than it already was. And while elated fans are busy wondering if there will be a Season 2 as well, let us take you to this writing about one of its fan-favorite judges, Melba Wilson.
Melba and her fellow co-workers have delivered hilarious commentary while also uplifting the contestants and providing them great feedback. Now, read through this ‘Melba Wilson Bio’ for more.
Melba Wilson On The Great Soul Food Cook-Off
The Great Soul Food Cook-Off makes history as the first series with an all-Black host and judges. The two full-time judges, on it, are chefs Melba Wilson and Eric Adjepong. There are also numerous others serving as guest judges.
Melba also naturally loved how this was the first time a cooking show had everything, Black. In an Instagram post about it, she shared how there were moments when she and the team felt the ancestral spirits tapping in, looking over them, stirring the pots, and waving hallelujah hands saying ‘job well done.’
Melba Wilson’s Net Worth
Melba Wilson, food & beverage at Wollman Rink NYC, reportedly had more than $5 million as her net worth as of May 2022.
The TV chef and restaurateur signed with Buchwald in February last 2021 and it was big news. The same time around, she was getting ready to open a new seafood restaurant called Melba’s Mussels. Located at 161 Lenox Avenue, at the corner of West 118th Street, it was set to open in March just in time to highlight Women’s History Month and the establishment’s women-led team.
Melba entered deeper into the TV space after her restaurant, Melba’s Restaurant, which opened its doors in 2005, made her famous for its “American Comfort” menu. Later she also published the book, American Comfort in 2016.
On television, she has appearances on 60 Minutes, Live with Kelly & Ryan, Good Morning America, and The View. She served as a judge on The Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and The Worst Cooks in America.
You also need not miss the fact that Melba is president of the board of directors for The NYC Hospitality Alliance and a while back, she was appointed to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s COVID-19 Small Business Advisory Council.
Melba Wilson Son
Melba Wilson’s son is Salif Cisse and he is her only child. Born on 21 November 1999, Salif loves basketball, music, and photography and has career aspirations to become a restauranteur and philanthropist, just like his mum. And the last time we saw him on social media, he was heading back to school in October 2020.
Melba continues to dot on him even if he is almost all grown now. She refers to him with names like Sa, her munch, her love, or her Boobah.
Also, the April of 2014 had seen Melba and her son were featured on Humans of New York.
Is Melba Wilson Married?
Salif Cisse’s dad is Salif Cisse Jr. and it was unclear (as of 2022) if Melba Wilson was ever married to him. Also, because this baby daddy of hers, who studied and worked at Nein, mentioned, on Facebook, being in a relationship and Melba cited being ‘single’ on hers, they no longer seemed to be together.
Melba Wilson Age
Because Melba Wilson was born in 1961, she reached the age of 61 in 2022.
Melba Wilson Height
Beautiful Melba, with an equally charming personality and energy, stands around 5’6” tall in height.
What Do We Know About Melba Wilson’s Parents?
The fans and the media have not yet been told who Melba Wilson’s parents are. Like many other stories of Melba’s life, this one too remained unknown (as of 2022). We, however, anyway discovered that she has cousins named Marsha Nikki Dorsey Mitchell and Sandie Dee Dorsey and family members with the names Tecora White and Adrella Wilson.
Where Is Melba Wilson From?
Melba Wilson as nul.org puts it, was born, bred, and buttered in Harlem, a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan, New York City.
When Is Melba Wilson’s Birthday?
Melba Wilson’s birthday is on the 18th of April. So, she is an Aries. And on this day in 2019, she was asking for donations to The New York Women’s Foundation.
Is Melba Wilson Related To Sylvia Woods?
Indeed! Melba Wilson is the niece of the late Sylvia Woods who notably founded the restaurant Sylvia’s in Harlem on Lenox Avenue not far from the Apollo Theater, with her husband, Herbert Woods.
A couple of days following her aunt’s passing, Melba had taken to her Twitter @melbasharlem to talk about her cornbread. She insisted that one has not had great cornbread until he/she had her aunt Sylvia’s.
Sylvia, before she died, had been dealing with Alzheimer’s disease for the past few years.
Three generations of Sylvia’s family had the “Queen of Soul Food” a day after her death and vowed to keep her legacy alive.