Growing up in New Orleans, the Figueroa brothers were surrounded by the enticing aromas and flavours of Caribbean, African and European cuisines. They were also inspired by all the extraordinary women in their lives. Their mother was a gourmet cook and from her they developed a passion for international cuisine. Their grandmothers and aunts shared family recipes and taught the young brothers the importance of balancing spice and flavour—and putting a lot of love in everything they made. So Melinda represents all of the women who have shared their passion for cooking and food and family.