Meet Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts! Michelle conducts Cooking School shows throughout the country, focusing primarily on the Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Carolinas, Tennessee and Mississippi areas. When asked why she loves the Cooking School, Michelle responded, “I love being on stage, entertaining, and sharing my love of cooking!”
Michelle is originally from southwestern Mississippi and she currently resides near Birmingham, Alabama. Michelle graduated from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Arts. Michelle gained previous experience in the restaurant industry and served as a Foods Intern with a popular national magazine. Michelle drives about 40,000 miles per year to maintain her hectic schedule and conducts about 40 shows a year. When she’s not busy putting on great shows, Michelle can be found at home playing with her two cats, Simon and Madeline and watching good movies.
To learn more about Michelle, take a look at some of her answers to questions below!
Tell us something about yourself that very few people know? I collect Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) stuff and Ladybug stuff.
If we were to open your refrigerator at home, what would we find? Not a whole lot, I am never home. But I do always have a jar of Blue Plate Mayo and a Brita pitcher of water.
How did you develop your passion for cooking/food? I am Southern, it is in my blood.
What is the best thing you ever ate? Chicken and Waffles in Harlem, NY at Amy Ruth’s.
What food today brings back childhood memories? My Mama’s chicken and egg noodles. I remember her rolling out the dough with a green bottle filled with water because we didn’t have a rolling pin. She would roll up the dough and cut the noodles and I would help unroll all of them.
When did you start cooking and who taught you to cook? I started cooking when I was six years old with an easy bake oven. And I was most influenced by my Grandmother, aka “Mamaw.”
Do you remember your grandmother’s cooking? What was her specialty? Yes I do, I grew up in her kitchen. She was great with desserts such as banana pudding and especially peanut butter cake. I now carry that tradition on and make peanut butter cake. She also made the best yeast rolls.