is a tea connoisseur and educator, and a food pairing specialist living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She was the owner and head chef of Eden, a restaurant in the fishing village of Itacaré, Brazil, from 2003 to 2008, where she served contemporary dishes with seafood and vegetarian food.
After working as a freelance chef and food stylist in Amsterdam, Mariëlla discovered the beautiful world of specialty tea and did a three year course to become a certified tea sommelier. She has been teaching about tea since 2011 and is specialised in tea and food-, tea and specialty chocolate- and tea and cheese pairing.
Apart from that she developed a very efficient and carefree system to prepare delicious tea without a fuss for the hospitality industry, which is also very practical to use at home on busy days. She explains this system and much more in her book.