As a cellist, Maki received her Masters of Music degree from Texas Christian University. An adventurous spirit took her to New York City where she enrolled herself into the chef training program at Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.
After finishing culinary school she honed her skills at renowned Manhattan restaurants such as Megu and Craft. In the fall of 2006 seeking even more adventure, she visited Central-Eastern Europe where a plan crystalized to open a culinary school in Budapest, capital of Hungary.
In the fall of 2007 Chef Maki offered cookery classes strictly on an experimental bases to her circle of friends in Budapest and after receiving mand positive feedbacks and encouragements, the school moved to its current downtown location just a few blocks from the Parliament.
Starting 2010 fall Makifood will present a lineup of guest teachers with various specializations, including Chinese medicinal cooking, modern Hungarian cuisine and Hungarian Jewish cooking. Classes are also available in English with one group starting each month.