I am Grandma to Maggie and Reese - Maggie began calling me Yaya when she was one and it stuck! I come from a very large wonderful family. My mother, Loretta Foster, made fantastic breads, pies and cakes and my mother-in-law, Ann Roberts, who grew up on Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas, is an amazing cook.
I have enjoyed a lifetime of rich experiences and opportunities, providing exposure to tremendous chefs, restaurants, farmers and unique cultural and culinary experiences. I have met so many inspirational people who have enthusiastically shared their passion for cooking and food.
Though a teacher by degree, I had the privilege of working for nearly 35 years in a leadership role, for a private, non-profit organization serving children and families. As I began to consider retirement, I knew I wanted to start a new chapter in my life focused solely on things I love most - children, cooking, travel and teaching. Combining these led to the creation of Cooking with Yaya, where I hope to share my love of cooking to inspire a new generation of young chefs. I only hope the kids have as much fun as I do!
Bridget Brill has been a good friend since high school at Notre Dame de Sion; let's just say 45+ years. Bridget has enjoyed business experience in the fields of retail management and interior design while staying active with community volunteerism and family life.
Bridget loves cooking and views it as an expression of love, finding great joy in cooking for family and friends. She formed a dinner club 22 years ago that is still going strong and values the camaraderie that is built over cooking and shared meals.
When I told friends of my plan to create cooking classes for children Bridget immediately responded that she loved the idea and offered her help. She is great with the kids and we're very fortunate to have her Cooking with Yaya!