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Meet Michelle Kelle

One of my fondest memories as a kid was getting the Sears catalog and circling all the toys I wanted Santa to bring to me. As the years went by, I came to have an impressive collection of kiddie culinary gadgets, including an EZ-Bake Oven, a fondue maker, a Snoopy Sno-Cone stand and a kiddie cake decorating set just like my mom’s!

As I got older, my love of kitchen gadgets only grew. It didn’t matter that I hardly ever cooked. It was still fun to collect them. All of that changed when I started taking classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. I suddenly had the confidence–and the recipes–I needed to master my kitchen and all those kitchen gadgets. I learned that the more you cook, the easier it gets. And if you make mistakes and recipes don’t turn out, it’s not the end of the world as long as you have the phone number to your favorite take-out joint handy.

While the Sears catalog is no longer published, I still get out my pen and circle my culinary wants whenever I receive the newsletter from the Culinary Center. I’ve loved all the classes I’ve taken but am particularly fond of Italian, Greek and Mediterranean cooking. The three-day boot camp was also a lot of fun.

Getting to work here is truly “the icing on the cake!” When I’m not here, I enjoy traveling, running marathons and spoiling my nephews, Drew (age 9) and Drey (age 6) who is also a budding chef. Check out his picture on the website.

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