Michelle J. ELSON-ROZA
Michelle ("MJER") has always loved healthy cooking, entertaining, and throwing a great celebration! She loves finding a good excuse to bring family and friends together over a shared meal and glass of wine. Michelle believes almost any dispute can be solved at the dinner table. She grew up in a family that always ate dinner together, loved to travel, and celebrated milestones over special meals. These experiences greatly influence our mission at MJER Help.
Michelle graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and worked in the management consulting and hedge fund industries for 10+ years before deciding to follow her dream to attend culinary school and start a business with her husband. Michelle completed her Accelerated Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Kendall College in Chicago in September 2016. During culinary school, she worked at a catering company that executed the James Beard Awards and society events, volunteered in Kendall's garden, staged at local area farms with restaurants, and worked Outstanding in the Field's Chicago dinners. In Omaha, she worked at the Grey Plume Provisions and Saddle Creek Breakfast Club (SCBC) before committing to MJER Help full-time.
Michelle is passionate about healthy living and vegetable cookery. She played tennis while attending Washington University in St. Louis and has finished a handful of triathlons. She started cooking healthy food as a child because her parents were extremely health conscious, but not as focused on delicious flavors!
Anthony S. ROZA
Anthony has worked in hospitality his entire career. Starting as a line cook and server in Omaha's Old Market and South Florida's sandy beaches, Anthony worked his way up to restaurant and hotel management in the great city of Chicago where he also received his Bachelor's in Hospitality Management at Kendall College.
His passion lies in sustainable food practices and quality guest services. He has a passion for smoking, slow cooking and curing meats, creating original recipes from regional cuisine, and simply taking the time to enjoy life.
Anthony's goal is to build a successful business that can give back to it's community through charitable work and programs that can also help educate the public about sustainable practices that can be used in their personal lives.
Kathy and Michelle met on the first day of culinary school and were cooking partners for three quarters. We are excited to have her on the MJER Help team in Chicago! Kathy primarily meal preps for families and plans in-home parties.
Kathy Gadalinski is a September 2016 graduate of the Kendall College Accelerated Associates of Culinary Arts Program. Prior to pursuing her culinary degree Kathy worked professionally as a social worker in the city of Chicago for over 16 years. Her service oriented background, tenacity, and teachable spirit coupled with a passion for the culinary arts make Kathy an asset to any organization.
Kathy has the ability to work quickly and effectively both independently and as part of a team. She was regarded by her instructors and peers as organized, dependable and hard working as she posseses the ability to make smart decisions in fast-paced environments.
Kathy is eager to learn and is excited to create. Her training has provided the skills, knowledge and confidence for advancement in the culinary world. She completed her internship at Spiaggia, a Michelin-starred and James Beard winning restaurant in downtown Chicago, and is now inspired by the opportunity with MJER Help.