2012 Small Business Person of the Year County of Kauai
Voted Best Gluten Free Restaurant & Bakery 2012
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Marie Cassel is Chef /Owner of Sweet Marie's Hawaii. She was born and raised in Philadelphia. Marie's passion for fine food & wine inspired her to explore a cooking career.
In 1982 her career accelerated at the Philadelphia Reading
Terminal Market as Catering Chef for the American Ballet Company. In
1985 Marie moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in Motion
In 1988 she decided to further her culinary education and enrolled at University Los Angeles California in their Culinary Arts Program. Marie spent 2 years studying Classic French cooking techniques and the fine art & science of food & wine. Marie was the Chef for 2 years at Bluewaters Terrace, a full service caterer and special events center located in Redondo Beach, California
In 1992 Marie moved to Kauai, Hawaii. Several months after moving to Kauai, Hurricane Iniki devastated the island. Marie volunteered to cook and run the Red Cross kitchen in Waimea preparing 3700 meals per day for the hurricane victims with the help of many volunteers and one rice cooker.
In 1993 Marie joined the team at "A Pacific Cafe" as Pastry Chef, creating many unique desserts for several years.
Marie became passionate about developing Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly food after finding out she was Celiac. She has spent
the past 10 years studying different dietary lifestyles, Atkins,
Zone, South Beach, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Diabetic, etc. Marie has focused her culinary talents on recipe
development and testing, catering to a unique clientele whom have
certain dietary restrictions.
Now you can indulge in delectable culinary creations with the comfort of knowing that you are nurturing your mind, body and spirit.
Marie has over 30 years experience in full-service Special Event Planning/Coordinating & Catering. Marie has developed a signature line of Gluten-Free Desserts and is currently writing a Gluten-Free Cookbook.
Besides her passion for baking and cooking, Marie is a bird lover and shares her home with Lola, a White Fronted Amazon and sweet Baby, a local Mynah bird with one leg that Marie rescued! Marie enjoys movies - some of her favorite "foodie films" include: "Babettes Feast", "Tampopo", "Like Water for Chocolate" and "Chocolate'