Hep! (That’s the Cancale equivalent of “hi” or hey.”) I’m Mary Margaret Chappell. Mary Margaret to English speakers, Mary to most people in France, M or MM to close family, colleagues, and friends.
For 10+ years, I have been living and working in Cancale as a food editor, freelance writer, and now cooking instructor. My past gigs include (in no particular order): pastry chef, caterer, internet startup minion, home and decorating expert, astrology writer, English teacher, technical translator, summer camp cook, theater instructor, Hamburglar (when I was 16 and working at McDonald’s), vegan baker, gluten-free guru, and personal assistant to a well-known French actor. I’ve also waited tables and worked for temporary agencies in between times.
The one constant in my life throughout these job changes has been cooking. Even when I was babysitting in college (oops, forgot to put that on the list), I was finding ways to bake cookies or pop popcorn with my little wards.
I feel very lucky that I get to do what makes me happy in a place that makes me happy. And for those times when I’m not in Cancale, my life in my adopted home pervades everything I do–and cook. Otherwise…the top five things to know about me are: