From a young age, and as far back as I can remember, I have always enjoyed the rewarding qualities of cooking a meal, and baking treats for friends and family. There's nothing quite like the reaction you get from loved ones, guests and patrons like when you fill their bellies and souls with a well-prepared home cooked meal. This reaction coupled with my passion for food and cooking have directed me on a life-long journey of culinary education and sharing.
My name is Chef Michelle Ciance. I am a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and based professionally out of Northern New Jersey. For the past seven years my focus and dedication have been to the art of cooking, baking and hospitality. Through the years, working alongside and learning from some of the best chefs in New Jersey I am now incredibly excited to share what I have learned with you!
Being a Chef, I adhere to the philosophy of “learning something new every day”. Forever a student of the culinary arts, I continue my dedication to my craft through personal and professional education. I also thoroughly enjoy mentoring novice cooks. With my easy going and patient methods of instruction, I strive to guide at every juncture of the process. Fundamental cooking is a skill that is important for so many reasons and something I truly enjoy teaching, with the intention of passing on my knowledge of different techniques, product identification, healthy eating and more to anybody who is eager and willing to learn. Whether it be the most novice cook who’s interested in learning the basics of cooking, or the more advanced cook who is looking to really hone their skills, learn advanced modern techniques, or just some fresh and new ideas and recipes, I am your enthusiastic guide at every level, every step of the way!
Learning to cook can provide people with skills they can apply to their everyday routine for a lifetime to come. What I enjoy most is giving students the tools they need and the confidence to prepare meals and baked good for themselves, friends and family!
To this day all of my guests cannot stop talking about the food at my daughters graduation party. Michelle from curious cupboard was extremely satisfying to work with and she delivered on every level. She provided the taste of home cooking with the experience of a seasoned professional. From planning to clean up, everything was seamless and delicious! I highly recommend her to anyone looking in need of reliable and amazing cooking at their next event.
Professional and pleasant. Classes are easy to follow and I didn’t feel lost. Looking forward to hiring Chef Michelle again for a ladies night class.
Precision, consistency and delicious recipes that are comfortable enough to eat at home but obviously executed with the attention to detail of a professional chef. Michelle’s food is nourishing and soulful.
Chef Michelle is knowledgeable and professional. Her classes are educational and helpful for even the most novice cook, such as myself. I highly recommend her services, can’t wait for her to cater a dinner for me soon!
When given the opportunity to work with new students I like to identify what it is my client would like to work on learning and what their end goals may be. Once ready to move forward the student and I establish a game plan and take it one step at a time.