Products and Services

  • Spices,
  • Cooking Classes,
  • Personal Chef,
  • Catering,
  • Special Events,
  • Food Event Facilitation,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Italian,
1130 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P3
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Methods of Payment:

  • Wire Transfer

Meet the owner

Marina Mellino’s love of everything Argentine has ruled her life. Up to the age of six, she enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Buenos Aires. Then, a right-wing military coup forced her father to distribute his children to various relatives and disappear. Marina was sent to live with her paternal Italian grandmother. It was from her that she learned how to cook.

When her father resurfaced in Uruguay, she and her siblings went to live with him there. He then moved the family to the United States and on to Canada.  Marina graduated from high school here in Calgary, fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. But she remained in mourning for her lost homeland. “I felt I was taken away from Argentina” she says. “I never chose to leave, and there was always something missing in me. Whether I went to Uruguay, Mexico, Miami – there was something missing.”

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Deliciously fun cooking classes in Calgary

Deliciously fun cooking classes in Calgary

Cookbook author and gourmet spice blender chef Marina Mellino says she’s “on a mission to educate the masses about healthy cooking and returning to the idea of using food as medicine.” Her culinary business, The Spice Chica, offers creative classes such as singles sushi, in which love connections are sure to be made. A class that also encourages coming together is the kids’ pasta-making classes, for which the final prep is finished at home.

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