My name is Michele Uriarte - Matrai and I live in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, in the town of Danville, California. I am a wife and a mother of three. I was blessed with 2 daughters in my early 20s and a son in my late 40s. My first job was working at my University Alma Mater at St. Scholastica's College Manila as a College Communication Arts professor.
As a teenager I've always love cooking for my siblings. I also find myself volunteering to teach faith formation to young children in various catholic schools. I have always been facinated about food and health science and thought I'd be a doctor someday. Aat the age of 44, I was again blessed to have my first biological son. This was also the time I was first introduced to the world of Holistic Healing and Integrative Nutrition. This is when I realized the food be thy medicine and thy medicine be food.
Merging both my love for cooking, teaching and nutrition, I took a 180 degrees turn from my Sales & Marketing career to being a Certified Nutritional Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition & the State University of New York. And because I love teaching to young kids like my own son, I also took a Certification from Stanford University of Child Nutrition and Cooking. I was able to introduce my son and family to healthy eating and wholesome cooking. My nine year old eats practically every thing from sashimi to broiled live crab with much gusto.
Today, I am proud and empowered to offer a one-stop-shop for all things healthy & delicious for families (kids and adults) by providing the Healthy Hands Cooking Classes. Through these classes I hope to empower people through the joy of cooking wholesome meals. I aim to share my love of food, of people, of health and happiness. Through my classes I look forward to inspire, enliven, revive and entertain my students.