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Michèle Gentille

I attended LaVarenne Culinary School in Paris and Burgundy and completed a year-long editorial and cooking program there. Another two years were spent cooking on a boat and at resorts, restaurants and embassies in France, Italy, Greece, Budapest and London where I apprenticed briefly with Marco Pierre White when he owned the Michelin-starred eatery, Harvey’s.

Back in California, I continued to pursue a career as a professional cook, and worked for a while as an editor for a newsletter about cult and hard-to-find wines called "First Sip". I escaped to Alaska at one point to cook on a boat taking wildlife tours up the Inside Passage from Seattle to Juneau. I then worked for several years as a personal assistant/chef to well-known actors and fashion icons.

I've also worked with chef Laurent Tourondel as a recipe tester for his Bistro cookbook, co-authored with Michele Scicolone, released Christmas 2007.

Most recently I spent four months as sous-chef at the South Pole from October 2007 to Valentine’s Day 2008; then another four months on Palmyra Atoll in Pacific Ocean near the equator -- both science research stations.

I keep an apartment in Brooklyn, New York, and freelance as a chef and food writer with a small obsession in Food Art. My articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times T-Living, Nation's Restaurant News, and New York Time Out.

The adorable Harriett clutching that prize tomato to her bosom was painted by my dear friend, the very talented artist Christopher Collard. He also co-directed, shot and edited the espresso video, and edited the potato galette video which was shot by another very talented dear friend, the filmmaker Phoebe Sudrow.