HEAD COOK: Michele Kusma
COMPETITION: World Dessert Championship
QUALIFYING EVENT: WFC Dole Packaged Fruit Online Recipe Contest
Michele is a former teacher, current stay-at-home mom, and an award-winning community volunteer. She loves food and began cooking competitively just a few years ago. Michele has been a finalist (2013) and a semi-finalist (2014) in the Manischewitz Cook-Off. She has been a finalist twice in the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest (2013 & 2014). She won the Dole Packaged Fruit Recipe Challenge (2014), which earned her a spot in this year’s World Food Championships.
Michele likes to experiment in the kitchen and really enjoys the challenge of creating original recipes. Cooking in the Kusma Kitchen is much easier when Michele’s husband, David, is around. He keeps the kitchen clean and organized, dices with amazing precision, and does all the heavy lifting. Their 17-year-old daughter is the official taste-tester and is always happy to share her opinions. Michele is also a two-time breast cancer survivor. She knows what it takes to win a tough battle, and she plans to enter the World Food Championships with the same determination. She is thrilled to be able to meet and compete with so many talented cooks.