Born In Anaheim, California, d'Arabian moved throughout her childhood to Tucson, Arizona; San Diego, California; and Bethesda, Maryland. Because her single mother was paying her way through medical school, Melissa discovered her passion for cooking and developed her budget strategies very young. After high school at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Md, d’Arabian attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After a period working on cruise ships as part of the entertainment staff, Melissa studied at Georgetown University, earning her MBA. While working in merchandise finance in Euro Disney, d’Arabian met her husband, Philippe.
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