Yara was born in Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Her mother directed a catering business and her
father was a journalist. Yara's professions range from dancing and teaching ballet in Brazil,
to child development specialist with a degree from the Sorbonne and practice in Paris and
the United States. Then twenty years ago, with formal training at Boston University, she
became a chef.
The first press coverage of Yara as chef occurred when Nancy Jenkins wrote a four page
article about her in The New York Times. Yara went on to do a televised cooking series for
WGBH in Boston that won one Emmy and was nominated for another Emmy.
Then we moved to Brazil and immediately started our school in Paraty. The press has
continued to be generous: with features in newspapers, magazines, and travel guides
in the United States and Europe.
Richard is an American, born in Paris and raised in New York. His french mother directed art
galleries in New York, and wrote reviews for art magazines in the U. S. and France. His
american father, led technical operations for great engineering companies in Europe and
the United States.
Richard went to university and graduate school at Princeton and Yale. He made a career in
industry, rose to head divisions of large multi-national companies in the U. S. and Latin
America. Then he launched a strategy consultancy where his experience led him to arrange
the $2.5 Billion merger of two companies in the pharmaceutical industry.
Now he again devotes full time to photography, his constant love. His images have been
honored in Brazil with three one-man shows. The latest exposition was at Paraty's cultural
Both Richard and Yara grew up in homes where dinner was sacred, conversation celebrated,
and where guests were always welcome. Given our lives, we're likely to find something in c
ommon with almost everyone. So we're able to draw out our guests, and never leave anyone
Most important to the pleasure of our life in Paraty are its residents. They are a friendly and
talented group, including families who have lived here for generations. a true sample of Brazil,
as well as many artists in various media. It's because of the atmosphere they created that we
bought a house in Paraty decades ago. After completely rebuilding it, we started living in it
twelve years ago, and we now spend nine months of the year here.
We write of Paraty with gratitude because its caché attracts a broad range of interesting
people who can join us as guests. It's the guests that makes it fun to host the way we do.
And it's what inspired Yara to write her award winning book “The Brazilian Table”. The book
was commissioned and published in the United States by Gibbs-Smith and is now in its third printing.
Television coverage continues as well:
Here the popular presenter, "Angelica", is filming us for the national Brazilian television network,TV Globo.
National Geographic TV filming us for presentation on PBS as one of the top ten cooking schools around the globe, and for viewing on American Airlines flights. presenter.