From a very early age Michele could be found either tending to the garden with her mother or helping her father in their little family grocery store in central Massachusetts. Her Polish heritage was a source of great pride and she embraced all of the family customs.With our world travel planner, Boston attractions like Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Despite the comfort of family and her hometown, the big city was calling and she left for Boston to train as a registered nurse. Although a nursing career was rewarding, food and cooking remained a magnet and a great way to be creative and entertain her friends.
Hoping to recapture her small town atmosphere, Michele discovered and moved into Boston’s North End. This tiny, warm and somewhat foreign community felt like the village of her youth. She felt at home as she wandered and shopped the little markets and began a quest to learn a new culture and cuisine. Her spare time now turned into endless jaunts to Italy to study and learn Italian culture and cuisine.
Michele is the recipient of numerous professional diplomas and certificates from, among others, Bologna’s La Scuola Di Cucina (Marcella Hazan), the “Cooking in Florence” Program (Giuliano Bugialli), as well as a professional chef’s diploma from Madeleine Kamman’s Modern Gourmet. She is certified by the National Institute of the Food Service Industry.
A 40-plus-year resident of Boston’s North End, Michele has taught cooking, catered, and consulted on Italian food since 1979. She has served as Guest Chef at several Boston-area restaurants, including Davio’s “Salute to Calabria” (1996) and The Seaport Hotel’s “Les Dames d’Escoffier” (1998).
Michele designed The North End Market Tour to introduce her cooking class participants to her neighborhood and to sources for authentic Italian ingredients. Since 1994, Michele and her personally trained guides have shared their passion for the food and wine of Italy on this one-of-a-kind, five-senses-alive, walking cooking class. Their goal is to convey not only the secrets of the cuisine in the high quality of ingredients, but also to provide a sense of regional tradition, the healthfulness of the Italian diet, and that very Italian love of life.
Michele’s cooking classes, market tours and culinary trips to Italy have been featured on television — including Travel Channel, TVFood Network, HGTV and CNN, on the radio, and in various national and international publications. As one of Boston’s leading authorities on Italian food, wine and culture, Michele’s infectious enthusiasm, broad knowledge of Italian cuisine, and extensive travels throughout Italy make her an ideal cooking colleague, tour guide and travel companion on your quest for discovery of La Bella Vita.
In her free time, Michele enjoys traveling, tending to her award winning roof-top garden and entertaining friends. If you can’t find her, she’s likely to be wandering happily at any farmer’s market, fish pier or ethnic grocery store.
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Our tour with Michele today was such a lovely way to experience Boston's gem, the North End. Michele is a charming guide and an expert not only on the area and it's history, but on the wonderfully... more »
Excellent visit to the North End. Michele was incredibly knowledgeable in so many areas, from the history of the area to the evolving nature of the Italian diet and culture. more »
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