Melissa Cala, Chef at the Corner, Dies After Asthma Attack

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The Corner, via Facebook
Melissa (Melie) Cala, chef at the Corner in downtown Miami, died over the weekend from complications following an asthma attack. The Corner issued the following statement on its Facebook page:
It was a work day like any other, when Meli realized she had forgotten some cookies she had baked at home the day before on her day off. She left to go back and get them in such a hurry that she left her breathing apparatus behind. A few moments later, she placed a call to 911 complaining of breathing trouble from the side of the road. By the time the paramedic got to her she was barely breathing. At the ER, the doctors did all they could with no success. Needless to say, we are absolutely crushed by this loss.

Cala worked for some of the best chefs in Miami, including chef Bjoern Weissgerber at Zuma and Michelle Bernstein, where she was chef Bernstein's executive and personal assistant for over three years. Cala was also involved with Common Threads, the organization devoted to educating children on healthy eating and nutrition through cooking.

Chris MacLeod, co-owner of the Corner, told Short Order he was shocked by the news. "It's tough to get a grip on things." Last evening, the Corner held a friends and family memorial night, with all proceeds donated to Cala's family. The Corner should resume normal business hours today.

On a recent visit to the Corner, I stopped in for a cocktail. Melie jumped from the small kitchen where she was working to say hello. "Are you hungry?" she asked. Not really waiting for an answer, she bounced back to the kitchen to whip something up. She came back with what had to have been the most gorgeous charcuterie platter I've ever seen in my life -- wedges of cheese paired with the thinnest shavings of fine prosciutto, eggs, and other savory bits. Her simple plate was filled with as much care as the most complicated five-course tasting menu. Melissa's enthusiasm for culinary arts, her new position at the Corner, and life was boundless.

Her food and her zest for living will be missed.

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1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

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Joseph A. Silvestry
Joseph A. Silvestry

OOOhhh my God, Melissa, How I Missed you when you left from Zuma, and now this, Sorry that I respond now but you know how I am, My Melissa, your beautiful smile and personality will stay forever on my thinking and heart, I will pray for you my Lady Chef, with great sadness, Rest in Peace. 

Lucy Cala
Lucy Cala

Melissa:

I am so very very proud of you...I love you!

<3 Mom <3

Arturo
Arturo

Mel,

I will miss our fights.I'm pissed that I learn of your parting today.But I'm really pissed that our common friend visit U that day.

Guest
Guest

Worked with her at Zuma, cant belive this happened to such a happy and upbeat person. Wish u the best Melissa and im praying for you and your family

Olesya
Olesya

Very saddened by this news.

Bobthefish3
Bobthefish3

ur a hottie.  Probably never heard that, but it would be sad if you didn't i must say.  Nice diamonds.  I might play golf on occasion, but you are a dreamy green sweetie.

Chris M.
Chris M.

Melissa's Funeral Services: Scarano Funeral Home - 17250 W. DIXIE HWY, NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL. Friday from 2pm to 4pm. The viewing begins at 2pm and 3pm begins the service.  Melissa would love for all that could make it to be there. Thank you again for all the thoughts and prayers!

JennyLee Molina
JennyLee Molina

So sad. Such a spunky, outgoing personality and so talented.. A terrible loss. 

Moshe
Moshe

Very saddened by this news.I worked with Melissa for 2 years.

Her passion and kindness will be missed.

Lindsay
Lindsay

Melissa will be missed. She had such a great attitude towards life and will always be remembered. 

Debbers
Debbers

Truly sad, she will be missed.

Buddy Garrity
Buddy Garrity

Very saddened by this news; The Corner is the most hospitable establishment and Ms. Cala made you feel like family.  Thoughts and prayers with her family and friends

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FINALNOTICE

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Lucy Cala
Lucy Cala

Chris (The Corner)

I cannot thank you enough for giving Melissa such a great opportunity to live her dream...thank you so so very much

Lucy Cala ( Mom)

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