Michelle grew up in Guyana, South America. At age 20, she moved to California where her father owned a vegan baking company. After a brief modeling career, Michelle started her own company, also making vegan cookies. “I wanted mine to be totally different from his, more exotic,” she says. “I played around with the recipe a little and added my own spices and ingredients.” With a little bit of luck and a whole lot of hard work, Michelle created her own product line and found a following in natural food stores across the West.