Michelle has degrees in Accounting, I.T and Marketing. Born in New Zealand, Michelle has lived in Europe and the Pacific Islands. Most recently, after a couple of years living in Melbourne, Michelle has settled on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland for the last ten years.
A passionate foodie, Michelle embarked on a career in the culinary arts when she first left school. Although this experience was short-lived, Michelle has always continued her interest in food related pursuits.
Her love of cooking has found many creative expressions. To maintain a social life when their children were babies, Michelle and her friends developed a weekly gourmet cooking event. Once a week while the babies slept, the appointed cook (rotated in even cycles!) prepared a three course gourmet meal for the others using unfamiliar recipes.
Michelle and Pauline became fast friends when they met as new mothers in 2001 and they have continued to support each other through the highs and lows of life since then, including dealing with Pauline's childrens serious multiple food intolerances. It was therefore only natural, that they should team up to create ‘The Allergy Menu,” which encompasses their individual passions and complimentary skill sets.
The Allergy Menu (theallergymenu.com) took two years of research and development before it went live in early 2012 as the world's most comprehensive online recipe tool for those living on special diets.