Monthly Industry Insights
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November's Featured Interview: Michelle Noble, Director of Education, Le Cordon Bleu, Orlando
Chef Michelle Noble is the Director of Education at Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando and was recently a participant on the Women's Entrepreneurs Circle at the recent Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show.
What made you want to become a chef?
Cooking was something that got me excited and brought me joy!
What was your favorite class in culinary school?
Interestingly it was Mixology. I come from a long line of teetotalers so learning about all of those exciting cocktails intrigued me!
What is the newest trend you see emerging?
I don’t know if it is new or a trend but I see a movement related to health and wellness in the food and beverage industry-both for chefs and their clients-the big lesson being if it is not delicious no one will eat it-no matter how nutritious!
What’s the strangest thing we would find in your refrigerator?
As a Chef it is with a degree of shame that I admit to my obsession with Cool-Whip. I can’t believe I am admitting this! I can’t explain it but I love the stuff-even my husband shakes his head when I eat it!
If you could eat anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I loved Italy and long to return-the food was simple and fresh and amazing.
Is there one comfort food that you're secretly obsessed with having at home?
Ice Cream! I love it! I think about it all the time! It is hard for me to keep it at home-I have no control! When I read the side of the Haagen-Dazs container and it says 4 servings I just think “is this a joke?”
Which talent would you most like to have that you don't possess?
I wish I could sing. Even a little. I am so awful. The only place I can do it is in the car-and even then I am like “wow-I’m really bad!”
What’s your favorite meal to cook for friends?
I love to roast a Mojo Pork Shoulder with Black Beans and Rice and of course Plantains. It is really simple but always a winner and the whole house smells amazing!
More about Chef Michelle Noble:
Chef Noble is currently the Director of Education at Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando. She previously held the position of Lead Chef Instructor there. Chef Noble has also worked as a Chef Instructor at Disney's Culinary Academy and sous chef at Flying Fish Café at Disney's Boardwalk Resort. She has also instructed at Valencia Communicty College in Orlando and Johnson & Wales in Miami and Providence, RI.
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