Marie graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Dietetics. An avid traveler, she has explored her love of food while on the road. Marie's travels have taken her to study cheese-making in Tasmania, raw food in Western Australia, tea and fermented foods in the mountains of Korea and Ayurvedic cuisine and herbology in Kerala. She moved back to the USA to attend a holistic culinary arts school in Berkeley, where she also worked and taught at for several years. Marie presently lives in the Bay Area and works as an educator, private chef and is the Culinary Creative Director for Café Umami in Oakland.