meet michelle


a graduate of the french culinary institute in new york city, michelle spent a decade working in restaurants all over the united states - the spotted pig in new york city, plumpjack in squaw valley, and chateau marmont in los angeles - before launching petit chou, inc., in order to bring her vision of seasonal, local, restaurant quality food into your home.

for 12 years in los angeles she provided a variety of clients and their families with meal preparation, both in-home and drop-off. busy hosts have relied on her to execute beautiful dinners for guests, both plated and family-style. conscious of sustainability above all, chef michelle prides herself on portion control, low waste cooking, and a local footprint whenever possible.

now located in the grass valley area, serving surrounding areas including lake tahoe, chef michelle will bring her love of delectable, beneficial, and healthy food to you. dietary restrictions are a welcome challenge!


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personal chef

in-home or drop off meal service that can even include grocery shopping and weekly meal planning: perfect for busy families who want to eat healthy. also great for second/vacation homes - have your fridge stocked and fresh food waiting for your weekend getaway.


private parties

casual family-style dinners, elegant brunch buffets, even small bites at a formal cocktail party - it can be effortless on your part with petit chou. chef michelle can match your style, create a theme, even turn vegetables from your garden into a gorgeous plated dinner.



cakes, tarts, even breads can be conventional, or honor dietary restrictions - petit chou has been developing gluten free pastries for over 5 years, using real grains, no pre-made mixes. chef michelle also makes fresh fruit seasonal popsicles to order.