Has any chef's career arc ever risen as smoothly as that of Melissa Kelly? The 1988 Culinary Institute of America grad (first in her class) rose from garde manger at Larry Forgione's An American Place in 1990 to James Beard Foundation Best Chef, Northeast winner in 1999. That honor recognized her work at the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company in New York State; Kelly opened her own restaurant, Primo, in Rockland, ME, in 2000. That's home base now to a mini-empire that includes ...

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