Hi! My name is Leah Brooks and I am a cooking enthusiast, cookbook author and founder of Young Urban Modern Chefs (Y.U.M. Chefs), a San Francisco cooking school for kids. Y.U.M. Chefs holds classes, summer camps, and birthday parties for hundreds of children a year in our kitchen/classroom in the Mission District. It is my mission to change the way kids (and adults!) see food, making it approachable, healthy, and fun. I emphasize seasonality, and have a well-used classroom garden to teach growing and harvesting fresh vegetables.
I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where I began my culinary career. I graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle’s culinary program and worked under two of Seattle’s James Beard Award winning chefs for seven years. I call the San Francisco Bay Area home, with my husband, dog, and two kitties.