Chef Melissa Bouchard heads up the culinary team at DiMillo’s On the Water in Portland, Maine. DiMillo’s, a floating restaurant, is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Melissa has worked for the DiMillo family for 15 years and has held her current position for the last 6 years.
Bouchard grew up in Eastport, Maine a small island off of the Bay of Fundy closely neighboring New Brunswick, Canada. She is proud of Down East Heritage and accredits her strong work ethic to it. Once seeking a nursing degree, Melissa left school but later finished an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting and several other certifications. Realizing her true passion was her love of cooking in a place she affectionately calls her second home, she happily accepted the promotion to Chef. Melissa focuses on simply prepared cuisine, highlighting Maine’s abundant agriculture and seafood products.
Chef Melissa was a 2009 and 2012 finalist for the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition and serves as a Chef Ambassador for the Maine Lobster Promotion Council. Melissa was appointed in 2012 to represent the state of Maine in the Great American Seafood Cook off in New Orleans. Melissa was named the Maine Restaurant Association’s first female Chef of the Year in 2013.