About me

Mardi Michels author
Photo by Steve Polak (stevepolak.ca)

Hi – I’m Mardi –  a full-time French teacher at an elementary school for boys in Toronto.

I was born in Adelaide, Australia and have lived and worked as a teacher in Australia, Hong Kong, England, France (where I spent nearly 6 years in Paris not completing my PhD in French literature like I was supposed to be doing!) and I now call Toronto home, having followed Mr Neil, aka Master Butcher and Winemaster (most of the articles on wine and food pairings and/ or coverage of wine and beverage events have been either written by Neil or with a great deal of his help as *I* learn all about wine!) back to his humble abode after we met in Morocco in 1999.  We are proud parents to Cleo, a loud Burmese cat.

As part of my job, I run cooking classes twice a week for 7-12 year-old boys, Les Petits Chefs.  I’ve also contributed to JamieOliver.Com, written cookbook reviews for RecipeGeek.Com. and am a current contributor to FoodNetwork.ca In my spare time. I teach (mostly French) pastry and cooking classes around Toronto.

In the French kitchen with kids

In the French Kitchen with Kids cover on eatlivetravelwrite.comMy first cookbook, In the French Kitchen with Kids (Appetite by Random House) was published on July 31 2018. Read all the press coverage here and click here for order details!


I originally started this blog as something to do in the year between my MA and PhD because after being chained to my desk for 2 years as I completed my MA,  I had so much time on my hands – after all, I love to eat, cook, take pictures and write so what better platform.  eat. live. travel. write.  has kind of taken on a life of its own since its inception in May 2009 and I couldn’t be happier.  Spending a few (all right, a lot of) minutes a day to do something for me and be creative has been the best refuge from the sometimes stressful like of a teacher and (former) grad student.

Follow me in my culinary adventures, near and far.

You can get in touch with me using the “Contact” form here.