Phone: 972-947-9443 ext. 22157


Degrees and Certifications:

Ballymaloe Cookery School, professional course Ballymaloe Wine Course

Chef Michele Portner

Hello!  This is my second year at Little Elm High School, having come to the classroom straight from the Culinary Industry.  In the Culinary field, I taught hands on cookery classes for 13 years, worked as a Personal Chef and owned a small business. I attended Culinary School at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shannagary, Ireland and staged at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.  Ever passionate about quality sourced ingredients and fine dining, I find myself bursting with enthusiasm for instilling the love of food into young minds.  As the famed British author Virginia Woolf once said, "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.".  I am highly motivated to positively influence people to eat better, one ingredient at a time.

I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband, where I am visited frequently (especially at meal times) by our four adult children, friends and their families.

  • 1st Period (double blocked):  Culinary Arts 

    3rd Period (double blocked): Culinary Arts

    5th A/B Period: Advanced Culinary Arts/Practicum

    6th Period: Conference 

    Tutorials: Tuesday 3:00-4:00pm or by appointment