Originally studying for a bachelor of science in biology, Michelle used baking as a stress reliever, a way to take her mind off of the rigors of studying, and escape from the demands of school and studying. A beautiful passion she shared with her mother who would always do the baking for her extended family.
After sharing the fruits of her labor with her church community it became abundantly clear that this hobby had suddenly become a calling. Her path was suddenly changed from medicine to medicine for the soul. A single Thank You card from a friend and client is what turned the tables for Michelle, in an instant Iris Street Bakery became a reality. Named after the street she grew up on, Iris Street Bakery, is a subtle nod to her family, especially her mother who has always supported her dreams.
When a close friend, one who asked Michelle to be a bridesmaid, also commissioned her first wedding cake, she rose to the challenge, using a friends’ cooler, and precariously balancing a 60lbs, 4 tier confection all the way to the reception hall, another switch was flipped. In that pinnacle moment, she knew that the next step would be culinary school. So she packed her bags and moved to Austin, Texas to study at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Studying the old world style of French cuisine and pastries Michelle expanded her repertoire from the lively Caribbean flavors she had previously leaned towards.
After her formal training, she accepted a position at the famed Archer hotel but a seed that had been planted long before leading her home, where she focuses all of her time building her clientele in the RGV and Central Texas. She plans to open a brick-and-mortar location in the RGV in the near future.