Michelle started her career in the culinary arts at the young age of 17. Her first job was at Michael’s Restaurant in Santa Monica were she learned from some of the best chefs in the country. Her passion for food and her craft then took her to France to study under world famous Madeline Kamman. There she developed the foundation that would allow her to create exceptional food for decades to come. When she returned to the United States, she became part of the staff that opened the original Wolfgang Puck Restaurant, Spago’s, on the Sunset Strip. There she moved up the ranks and once again worked and learned from some of today’s most renown chefs.
In 1984, she got married and moved with her husband to Yucaipa to raise her family and built several businesses along the way. She started by baking cakes and desserts for local restaurants that were hungry for the level of quality and creative desserts Michelle could provide. The Raspberry Victorian the first of her Signature Dessert.
Michelle’s was established in 1982 at its first location in the Inland Empire which was in Yucaipa. Over the last 29, years Michelle’s has become an award winning (see list of awards below) one-of-a kind Bakery. Michelle’s is known for its European Desserts and DREAM Wedding cakes.
“Best Cakes” - Inland Empire Hotlist - 2011 (2008 2nd - 2009 3rd place)
“Best Chocolatier” - Chocolate Fantasy Annual Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser - 2001-2011
“Best Bakery” - Inland Empire Magazine - 1999-2009
"Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction" - 2011, 2012 & 2013