| Chef Marisa
is originally from Minnesota. She has a Bachelor of Arts
degree in biology from St. Olaf College. A month before
graduating from St. Olaf, Marisa realized that her true
calling was in the culinary field.
Marisa worked as a sushi chef for just over a year before
heading off to The Culinary Institute of America.
Like Chef Philbrook, Marisa also earned two degrees from
the CIA. She graduated with honors from the culinary program
and also received the Wine Spectator Scholarship for being
one of the top students. In the baking and pastry program
Marisa received the most outstanding baker of 2000 award.
Upon graduating from the CIA, Marisa returned to Minneapolis
and worked as a pastry chef in some of the top restaurants
in the Twin Cities. She then moved to Las Vegas where
she worked as the Assistant Pastry Chef at Neiman Marcus
where she opened two restaurants.