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Melina is a New York-based food photographer, stylist, and cook, as well as the blogger behind Licking the Plate. Her work is featured in The New York Times Dining section, Sweet Paul Magazine, Southern Living, Edible Manhattan, BUST, Gotham, Fork, and AARP, amongst others. Melina’s love for the intrinsic beauty and integrity of real food shapes how she captures her subjects, and she works closely with experts like Jon Rowley, Leda Meredith, Nina Plank, and Betty Fussell to share what good eating is really about. Last year Melina was nominated a finalist in the Saveur Blog Awards and was hosted by the Food and Nutrition Conference to teach a workshop on food photography and styling. She is currently shooting a long-term project on local and artisanal producers across the nation and creating a catalogue of delicious real food recipes.