Michaelle was born in Detroit MI, and raised in Pontiac, MI., where she married her husband, Michael in 1969 and raised two children, Matthew and Mindy. Michaelle graduated from Oakland Community college with a culinary arts degree and then worked at Knollwood Country Club until she earned her certified working pastry chef (CWPC) credentials through the American Culinary Foundation in 1992. Michaelle’s career continued as she became a culinary instructor at Washtenaw and Oakland Community colleges for over 17 years.
In May of 1995, Michelle discovered ICES (International cake Exploration Societe`). She served as the Michigan ICES Rep. in 2001-2004, and is currently a retired ICES board member, and an alternate MI Rep. She has won several gold medals in wedding cake & gingerbread house competitions. Also taking 2nd place in the Mid-Atlantic cake show in Maryland in 2007 & 2008. She has been featured in many magazines and newspaper articles throughout the years. She is currently teaching at Oakland community college, many Cake & candy shops, and at many state ICES Days of sharing. Her passion to share with others all the knowledge she has learned so sugar art will live on forever. In July of 2009 Diane Simmons and Michaelle launched their first book on Gelatin, (Gelatin in Bloom) at the ICES convention in Illinois. Now book two, (Gelatin still blooming), is in print and available online and in many cake shops.