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Chef de Cuisine at The Aviary

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Less than one year after leaving his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, Micah Melton found himself spending countless hours nightly in a sweltering-hot 10-foot underground room shaping blocks of ice into works of art that doubled as vessels for some of the most innovative cocktails the world had ever seen. Melton, a culinary graduate of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before becoming the first staffmember hired at The Aviary, toiled as the subterranean "Ice Chef" at Grant Achatz's cocktail bar for a year — a lonely position in the basement — after earning the position following a two-day stage at Alinea seven months prior.

"Micah has worked literally every station at Aviary since the day we opened," Alinea, Next and Aviary co-owner Nick Kokonas says. "He brings a range of talents and experience to the Aviary that is truly rare and he bleeds for the place. I don't know what else we could possibly ask of him."

Melton, 29, was not bred to be a chef — he turned a mix of passion, work ethic, talent, and a willingness to do anything into the top position at one of the best cocktail bars in the world. As a boy in Iowa he would help in his grandmother's kitchen, but his first restaurant job came as a cook at a Red Robin while in college for computer science. After switching to culinary school, he worked in two college bars, eventually rising to become the general manager of one, as well as the executive chef of an Iowa fine dining restaurant. He showed up at the Alinea back door to stage, and two days later, Grant Achatz offered him the first position at his forthcoming cocktail bar. He took the leap and left his Iowa cocoon, absorbing a steep pay drop to become a line cook there.

"I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘Grant Achatz just offered you a job, how can you say no?'" Melton says. "Alinea opened up my eyes to another world."

He was hired to be a line cook (bartender) at Aviary, but the opening ice chef quit just before the bar was scheduled to open, and Melton volunteered to replace him, taking one for the team because he "realized that if we didn't have ice we wouldn't open." As fate would have it, the ice program was one of the most ballyhooed facet of Aviary in the beginning. A year later, he "moved upstairs" to become sous chef under acclaimed executive chef Craig Schoettler. Schoettler, an Eater Young Gun who's now property mixologist at Aria in Las Vegas, remembers Melton as having "fantastic potential, work ethic, creativity and drive."

Last November, beverage director Charles Joly, who won the world's best bartender title in the Diageo World Class competition three months prior, announced his exit. For Kokonas and Achatz, Melton was the natural — and only — choice as successor.

Melton, who says it was "pretty intimidating" taking over for Joly, has taken a little bit from Schoettler ("the scientific side and creative side"), a little bit from Joly ("hospitality, balance and palate"), and a little bit from Iowa (fine dining initiation and beer) in his rise to the top at the Aviary. The menu is now mostly his, and the cocktails in the downstairs speakeasy-style Office are completely his now, incorporating his savory culinary cocktail style with ingredients including Serrano, bell pepper, and tea; passion fruit and Dijon mustard; bourbon and buttercorn husk; and black garlic.

After doing everything at Aviary, Melton says he'll "be around (The Aviary) for a while," and with good reason: Kokonas and Achatz are planning to expand the concept to multiple locations internationally. Don't be surprised to see Micah Melton at a city near you.

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Chef de Cuisine at The Aviary

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Micah Melton Biography

Less than one year after leaving his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, Micah Melton found himself spending countless hours nightly in a sweltering-hot 10-foot underground room shaping blocks of ice into works of art that doubled as vessels for some of the most innovative cocktails the world had ever seen. Melton, a culinary graduate of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before becoming the first staffmember hired at The Aviary, toiled as the subterranean "Ice Chef" at Grant Achatz's cocktail bar for a year — a lonely position in the basement — after earning the position following a two-day stage at Alinea seven months prior.

"Micah has worked literally every station at Aviary since the day we opened," Alinea, Next and Aviary co-owner Nick Kokonas says. "He brings a range of talents and experience to the Aviary that is truly rare and he bleeds for the place. I don't know what else we could possibly ask of him."

Melton, 29, was not bred to be a chef — he turned a mix of passion, work ethic, talent, and a willingness to do anything into the top position at one of the best cocktail bars in the world. As a boy in Iowa he would help in his grandmother's kitchen, but his first restaurant job came as a cook at a Red Robin while in college for computer science. After switching to culinary school, he worked in two college bars, eventually rising to become the general manager of one, as well as the executive chef of an Iowa fine dining restaurant. He showed up at the Alinea back door to stage, and two days later, Grant Achatz offered him the first position at his forthcoming cocktail bar. He took the leap and left his Iowa cocoon, absorbing a steep pay drop to become a line cook there.

"I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘Grant Achatz just offered you a job, how can you say no?'" Melton says. "Alinea opened up my eyes to another world."

He was hired to be a line cook (bartender) at Aviary, but the opening ice chef quit just before the bar was scheduled to open, and Melton volunteered to replace him, taking one for the team because he "realized that if we didn't have ice we wouldn't open." As fate would have it, the ice program was one of the most ballyhooed facet of Aviary in the beginning. A year later, he "moved upstairs" to become sous chef under acclaimed executive chef Craig Schoettler. Schoettler, an Eater Young Gun who's now property mixologist at Aria in Las Vegas, remembers Melton as having "fantastic potential, work ethic, creativity and drive."

Last November, beverage director Charles Joly, who won the world's best bartender title in the Diageo World Class competition three months prior, announced his exit. For Kokonas and Achatz, Melton was the natural — and only — choice as successor.

Melton, who says it was "pretty intimidating" taking over for Joly, has taken a little bit from Schoettler ("the scientific side and creative side"), a little bit from Joly ("hospitality, balance and palate"), and a little bit from Iowa (fine dining initiation and beer) in his rise to the top at the Aviary. The menu is now mostly his, and the cocktails in the downstairs speakeasy-style Office are completely his now, incorporating his savory culinary cocktail style with ingredients including Serrano, bell pepper, and tea; passion fruit and Dijon mustard; bourbon and buttercorn husk; and black garlic.

After doing everything at Aviary, Melton says he'll "be around (The Aviary) for a while," and with good reason: Kokonas and Achatz are planning to expand the concept to multiple locations internationally. Don't be surprised to see Micah Melton at a city near you.

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  • How to book Micah Melton?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Micah Melton for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Micah Melton, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Micah Melton or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Micah Melton?

    Booking fees for Micah Melton, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Micah Melton, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Micah Melton?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Micah Melton for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Micah Melton for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Micah Melton or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Micah Melton or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Micah Melton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Micah Melton for your event is available upon request. Micah Melton generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Annie Lawless, Thomas Allan, Brian Baxter, Alexandra Clark and Sebastian Dumonet. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Micah Melton for an upcoming event.

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