Testimonials and Clients

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mindful eating clients

Testimonials – Healthy Cooking Seminars

Michelle’s high level of organization and her willingness to adjust and tailor her presentation to meet the audience’s needs was outstanding. Each of the presentation sessions showcased her ease in front of an audience, her friendly and personable nature, her expertise in all aspects of cooking and nutrition, and her passion for her craft. The audience members were consistently wowed and enthusiastically enjoyed her samples and recipes. Based on their feedback, “Chef Michelle’ was definitely a highlight of the overall wellness program. I would not hesitate to hire her again!

Kate Alessi

Program Manager, Blue Shield of California, San Francisco, CA

I have participated in demonstrations similar to Michelle’s in the past and the chef always runs out of time for questions, education or recipes. Michelle was able to educate our team about better nutrition, better options in the supermarket, and whip up delicious dishes – all within an hour! The food was SENSATIONAL! Watermelon salad with basil and feta, curried chicken salad, peanut butter banana shakes – each dish was different from the next and very diverse in flavor. And the best part? All of her recipes worked perfectly with the weight loss program we are running, convincing people that healthy food CAN actually be flavorful and delicious!! I cannot wait to get Chef Michelle back here again!

Alicia Bouvia

Staff Services Manager I, Administrative Support Unit, California State Controller’s Office, Sacramento, CA

Thank you for presenting a very educational and fun cooking demonstration. One of our goals is to provide education and resources to assist 3M employees in improving their health and well-being. Your presentation and the recipes you demonstrated did just that! We are very pleased with the positive comments we have received from our employees following your presentation. Again, thank you for sharing your passion, knowledge and talent with 3M. You were a true professional throughout the entire process – it has been an absolute pleasure working with you. I look forward to welcoming you back.

Lynsey Hullopeter

3M Work & Personal Life Resource Center, St. Paul, MN

Thank you so much for the classes and recipes you provided at the California Dept. of Public Heath. I attended a few of your seminars and really enjoyed them. I have also used your recipes over and over again. One in particular was the sun-dried tomato hummus. My son who dislikes any kind of vegetable LOVES this hummus. It’s the easiest thing for me to prepare for a party and everyone loves it – even when they think they won’t.

Martha Obeso

Lab Field Services, California Department of Public Health, Richmond, CA

Michelle has the ability to challenge conventional wisdom about nutrition, food and wellness in a fun and entertaining manner that leaves her clients with a rejuvenated outlook on their physical health and future wellness goals. As part of the California Department of Public Health’s employee health and wellness campaign, Michelle presented a workshop titled “Chocolate and Mindfulness?!,” on the art of mindful eating and the health aspects of chocolate. Using her strong communication skills and affable style to relay science-based nutrition information, Michelle kept the audience gripped with tips for enjoying one’s favorite foods while avoiding the pitfalls of overconsumption and other unhealthy eating habits. Michelle is an articulate, engaging facilitator with a strong background in science and nutrition who presents easy and accessible strategies for maintaining a healthy and enjoyable diet. Plus, she will tell you it is OK to eat chocolate AND try to lose weight! I highly recommend her.

Allison Mangiaracino

Office Manager, Tuberculosis Control Branch-California Department of Public Health, Richmond, CA

I had the pleasure meeting Michelle at our quarterly sales meeting in Virginia Beach. She was quickly identified as someone who could educate our national sales team on how to make healthy food choice while traveling. Michelle’s personal experience with being in field sales made the material very real-world. She offered measurable ways to make healthy choices in our diet. Definitely an expert in her industry and genuinely passionate about making a difference. Loved her energy!

Laurie Jantz

Regional Account Manager – Substance Abuse Testing, OraSure Technologies, Bethlehem, PA

You did it again! Another fantastic presentation at 3M! It is an absolute pleasure working with you and having you present such interesting information to our employees. It was evident that the audience appreciated the chocolate taste-test (Chocolate and Mindfulness class) and found it helpful. Thank you for organizing it in a way that would work for such a large audience. We look forward to working with you again!

Lynsey Hullopeter

3M Work & Personal Life Resource Center, St. Paul, MN

Michelle has a unique combination of skills that put her on another level. At a workshop she presented for our group at Intel, she clearly demonstrated her passion for healthy cooking and eating, a strong depth of knowledge in nutrition and science, and the ability to deliver that message in a fun, active and engaging style. Her clear goal is to bridge that gap of “knowing you should be healthy” and actually DOING it, and she hit the mark and beyond! Michelle did an outstanding job in presenting her material and answering our clients’ questions with her openness and ability to connect with her audience. They came away with a wide variety of useful and practical recipes and most importantly, the motivation to make positive changes in their lives. I would highly recommend Michelle and look forward to working with her again.

Bud Everts

Career Consultant, DBM, San Jose, CA

Room & Board takes a very holistic approach to wellness, and our vision is to support our staff members in improving their health and over all well-being. Chef Michelle’s demonstration was a perfect reflection of our goals! Our participants felt it was a very educational and interactive cooking demonstration. Several staff members have shared their enjoyment for the class and have requested that we have you return. Thank you once again for sharing your passion, knowledge and talent with Room & Board.

Dawn Mansergh

Human Resources Wellness Manager, Room & Board, Minneapolis, MN

Your class was Excellent! I learned a lot, especially helpful tricks to be more efficient, great recipes (that I will make) and even more nutritional information to help me and my family improve our healthy habits.

Rebecca S

Richmond, CA

I received SO many creative ideas from Chef Michelle’s Healthy Cooking & Eating Class! Her suggestions and recommendations were FANTASTIC and have become a regular part of our diet. Thank you for your insight and expertise!

Ellie Anderson

Legal Admin. Asst., Lindquist & Vennum P.L.L.P., Minneapolis, MN

Certified Health Coach

Michelle Sugiyama

Serving the Bay Area and Beyond