My name is Michelle and I am so happy you found my little home on the internet. The Beader Chef is a project I started after finishing my bachelor’s degree and it is a celebration of my three favorite past-times: cooking, baking and making jewelry (or just all round crafting).

In its launch, the blog was an outlet away from school and the looming decisions I had to make about my future – where to do my master’s degree. Now, master’s degree finished, I continue to publish content because I believe that food is an important part of our everyday lives. While growing up my family put a lot of importance on family dinners: at the end of each day we would gather around the table and talk about our days around delicious food.


I am a clumsy, overthinking goofball. I love coffee, tea and wine. I’ve always been a cat person and I am slowly becoming a dog person (this is now a lie, I have the most loving dog in the world, Duke). I’m not a huge fan of chocolate. Traveling is something I wish I could do more of. I love watching Disney movies. If you see me with headphones on, I’m probably listing to an interesting podcast about food or an audiobook. Beyond that, I am a research scientist at the start of her career trying to balance work, my hobbies and my personal life.


While The Beader Chef was born in my parent’s kitchen, I now cook in the house I share with my husband, Ryan. Therefore many of the recipes found on The Beader Chef are developed for 2 to 3 portions and are easy and quick to prepare. Of course, sometimes we entertain and take the whole day to cook a more elaborate meal or make more servings because the meal is great for lunch leftovers.

Photo of a woman in a blue dress on a wood dock. Photo taken as a part of our engagement photoshoot done by the very talented @lisarenaultphotographie.


Whether it’s 30-minute chicken piccata for two because you cannot wait to hit the couch, or attempting to make homemade bread, The Beader Chef is all about great tasting healthy-ish food, that always leaves room for dessert!

The Beader Chef has recipes of all kinds because my husband and I don’t stick to any one type of diet. We do, however, try and stay on the healthy side of the spectrum – everything in moderation! For those looking for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, I’ve tagged them for you.

Other special tags I’ve created? Different cuisines. I believe that big bold flavors from around the world can take the simplest recipe or cooking technique to the next level – we should explore the flavors of our global community. 30 minutes or less. Because sometimes you just don’t have the time. And lastly, one-pot/pan dishes. Because who doesn’t love easy cleanup!


For me, 30 minutes or less it an important category. Coming from a background of overworked/underpaid graduate students and young professionals, many believe that they don’t have the time to make a good wholesome meal. I want to demonstrate that this is not the case, and hopefully, I can diversify reader’s recipe routines.


The Beader Chef is always a work in progress. I continuously try and improve my photography, a newfound passion of mine. The clarity in which I write recipe instructions, simple step-by-step instructions make new recipes less daunting. And lastly, my writing is a work in progress, which will grow alongside The Beader Chef.