Ceci Carmichael, Classically-Trained Chef, Lifestyle Expert and TV Personality moved to New York City from Washington D.C. where she pursued an acting career, appearing on stage, television and in over 150 commercials. In 1998, following a passion for food and cooking, she graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education becoming a personal chef and going on to start a catering company, Swell Food, shortly thereafter. Ceci conceived, produced and hosted a pilot for a show called True Food. This led to her being discovered by the Food Network, where she hosted Calling All Cooks and Good Food Fast. She later became the cooking expert on Fine Living’s Simplify Your Life, helping families streamline their time in the kitchen. She can now be one of the cooking experts on Home Made Simple on OWN. In her down time, Ceci runs a Kitchen Coaching business, where she instructs and motivates clients to start cooking in their own kitchens. Ceci is a volunteer chef for Wellness In The Schools, which cooks fresh, healthy food from scratch in New York City Public School cafeterias.