Cooking with Michele® owner and chef Michele Morris has been cooking since the age of five when her early cooking forays included sugar and butter sandwiches and undercooked cakes in an Easy Bake Oven. She quickly graduated to French toast, fried chicken, and salad preparation for her family, and at the age of 15 surprised her mother with an elaborate Chinese dinner cooked entirely from scratch.
After putting her passion for cooking on the back burner for twenty years while working and raising a family, Michele began aggressively pursuing culinary education to supplement her years of learning by trial and error in her own kitchen. Her culinary and wine training includes:
- Cook Street School of Fine Cooking – Denver, CO
- Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, France
- Cooking in an Undiscovered Hill Town – Casperia, Italy
- Ecole Ritz Escoffier – Paris, France
- The School of Gourmet Cooking and Catering – Atlanta, GA
- Cookin’ Cajun Cooking School – New Orleans, LA
- Hofmann Escuale de Hosteleria – Barcelona, Spain
- Oaxacan Cooking with Carmen – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- International Wine Guild – Certified Chef of Wine Arts, Executive Sommelier
- The Awaiting Table Cookery School – Lecce, Italy
- On Rue Tatin Cooking School – Louviers, France
Michele launched Cooking with Michele® in 2006 and delights in sharing her passion for food, wine, and cooking with her students.
In 2009 Michele began working with Cooking Matters Colorado (CMC), teaching healthy cooking and nutrition to families on limited budgets and has completed over 30 courses, serving as the chef instructor, shopper, and team leader. She also serves on the CMC Board of Advisors, serving as an advocate and fundraiser for the organization which works to end childhood hunger.
Michele also works with Denver metro area schools through Slow Food’s Seed to Table school gardens program, where she teaches cooking classes to students. She a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier Colorado and assists in their Green Tables initiatives as well. Michele shares excess produce from her home garden with a local food pantry through the Produce for Pantries initiative as part of her philanthropic efforts to help end hunger here in Colorado.
Member, International Association of Culinary Professionals
Advisory Board Member and Chef Educator, Share Our Strength – Cooking Matters
Certified Executive Sommelier and Chef of Wine Arts, International Wine Guild
Member, American Wine Society
Chef Instructor, Slow Food Denver Seed to Table
Member, Slow Food International
Member, Colorado Authors’ League
Member, Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Colorado Chapter
Contributing Gardener, Produce for Pantries
Kitchen Volunteer, Project Angel Heart