Melanie Walton | 37

Current hometown: Mount Dora.

Occupation: Chef and owner of Four M’s Kitchen, Mount Dora.

My first job: Making specialty sandwiches and coffee drinks at a small café.

Greatest career accomplishment: Getting clients to enjoy a food they previously thought they did not like.

Business philosophy: Highly customized and elegant luxury on a plate.

Leader I admire: Michael Chiarello, founder of NapaStyle.

Away from the job, I enjoy: Traveling off the beaten path, boating, entertaining family and friends, and finding new boutique wine and food purveyors.

Hidden talent: Making a lifelong friend in five minutes.

Pet peeves: Disorganization, indecisiveness and cheap shoes.