Chef Michele Mathiesen

Orientation Instructor and Tutor

Michele Mathiesen
Location: Online
Favorite Dish: Gumbo

"My unique blend of humor and empathy open the doors, so my students allow me into their world, challenging them in ways that are specific to their learning styles, while convincing them they have everything they need to complete their education and pursue their dreams!"

Chef Michele Mathiesen


Chef Michele is an Orientation Chef and Tutor specializing in Culinary Writing and has run weekly workshops since joining Escoffier as a staff member (she was also a high honors graduate of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in 2019-2020).

She runs a small cottage industry bakery, which combines her passion for pastries, breads, cakes, and cookies with an allergen-focused approach to making delicacies available for all.

Michele’s holistic wellness background as a Board Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist and Yoga Instructor for over two decades came in handy during the COVID-19 pandemic when her clients knew she was in culinary school. Their needs led her to a career change as they were successful in changing their lifestyles but hated the gluten, dairy and allergen free deserts that were available at the time.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • Legacy Award Winner, August Escoffier School of Culinary Arts 2023

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Owner and Founder Michele Mathiesen Wellness

Dish Examples

Raspberry Tart

I love a fresh fruit tart and the decadent dark chocolate combined with the fresh tart raspberries is always a favorite flavor profile.

fresh raspberry tart


  • Bachelors of Science (Psychology), University of Wisconsin
  • Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design, Millwaukee Area Technical College
  • Board Certification, The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Diploma in Professional Pastry Arts, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

Special Interests

Teaching yoga and meditation!

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