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3 Chefs. 3 Nights. Melissa King & Friends.

What do Chinese and Italian food have in common? A lot, according to Melissa King.

The multi-hyphenate Bravo Top Chef winner is merging two of New York’s favorite cuisines in a spicy flavor mashup alongside friends Mei Lin and Silvia Barban for this year’s Seaport Food Lab presented by Chase Sapphire®-and it’s going to be out-of-this-world delicious.

Taking place at the Tin Building’s private Tasting Studio this Nov. 9, 10 and 11, the three chefs will be serving up a family-style feast inspired by their childhood kitchens with a range of seasonal ingredients and irresistible salty-sweet-creamy-spicy notes plus the dish that won King her spot in the final of Top Chef All Stars, Season 17.

Space is extremely limited with one seating of 40 people per night. Please reserve tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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Event info

November 9, 10 & 11
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Tin Building Tasting Studio
96 South Street

Meet the Chefs

Melissa King

Melissa King

King, a proud Chinese American queer woman, has judged Bravo’s Top Chef series and the Food Network’s The Julia Child Challenge. She is the host of “Tasting Wild”, the National Geographic docuseries on Hulu. She was the winner of Top Chef All Stars and holds the most challenge wins over any competitor in the history of the show.

Silvia Barban

Silvia Barban

Silvia Barban, a Northern Italy native, cooked in the best kitchens in Italy before moving to New York City 11 years ago as part of the consulting team for Giovanni Rana Pastificio e Cucina. After participating on Top Chef season 14, she is now the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of LaRina Pastificio e Vino in Brooklyn where she creates dishes inspired from all regions of Italy and specializes in fresh pasta.

Mei Lin

Mei Lin is a renowned culinarian, TV judge, and celebrity chef known for her innovative cuisine blending Chinese heritage with modern techniques. After winning “Top Chef,” she opened Nightshade, acclaimed as “Best New Restaurant” and “Restaurant of the Year.” Mei launched the popular Umamei sauce line and opened Daybird, a unique Szechuan Hot Chicken restaurant. She’s featured on shows like “Iron Chef” and “Knife Fight,” receiving awards like “Young Gun” by Eater and “30 Under 30” by Zagat, in additional to a James Beard Foundation finalist nomination. Mei collaborates with prestigious events, serves as a judge on popular TV shows, and recently won Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions” Season 4, solidifying her culinary leadership.

About Food Lab S+4


The Seaport Food Lab is a chance for the food industry’s most talented chefs to enjoy true creative freedom, delivering an unparalleled series of one-of-a-kind dining experiences to guests in Lower Manhattan. Calling on hungry foodies and inquisitive diners—local to or visiting New York—the recurring pop-up began in 2017. In the years since, a roster of acclaimed and rising culinary stars have been invited to showcase their vision of a perfect meal and experiment with their favorite ingredients in new and unexpected ways.