In just two weeks of January 2024, we have already lost many beloved stars. Lynja Yamada Davis recently passed away, leaving us in grief. She was 67.
But the cooking sensation Lynja Yamada Davis husband and her kids are continuing the late star’s legacy. So here are all the details about her cooking styles, married life, and wealth.
Before Fame: A Retired MIT Engineer
- Better known as Lynja, Lynn Yamada Davis was born on July 31, 1956, in New York City, U.S.
- A third-generation Japanese-American, her parents were Mabel Fujisake and Tadao Yamada. Her father, Tadao, was a businessman, while her mother, Mabel, was a homemaker.
- Yamada had two siblings, Jay Yamada and Karen Dolce Yamada. She attended Fort Lee High School.
- Lynja graduated with a civil engineering degree from MIT in 1977. Similarly, she earned a joint MBA and a Master of Public Health Administration from Columbia Business School.
- For 29 years, Davis worked at AT&T Labs as a project manager and systems engineer. The former software engineer flourished in her second career as TikTok’s beloved grandma’s chef.
TikTok’s Favorite Grandma Whose Cooking Style Delighted Millions
Most of us are scared to go into that uncomfortable zone, especially when we are older. And Lynja, who was never much of a chef, decided to dive into the world of social media.
Despite joining YouTube in 2013, Davis recorded her initial video in March 2020 with her youngest kid, Tim Davis. Although not much of a chef, she made the video just for fun.
The pandemic provided the grandma-grandson duo extra time to shoot the video. Lynja was trying to preserve her father’s sukiyaki recipe, while Tim had all the equipment because he was doing freelance videography.
Meanwhile, Lynja Yamada Davis husband also helped them make videos and review the food.Their video blew up during the pandemic, and they also gradually added their videos to TikTok and Instagram.
Lynja’s breakthrough video came when her 29-second breakfast sandwich tutorial aired on July 4th and went viral on TikTok. The video titled Bacon Egg and Cheese blew up on TikTok and quickly gained hundreds of thousands of views.
Lynja Yamada Davis Husband and Children
The YouTube and TikTok star was married twice. Lynja was first married to Hank Steinberg, but their marriage ended in divorce. They shared two daughters, Hannah Mariko Shofet and Becky Steinberg.
Until her death, Lynja Yamada Davis husband, Keith Davis occasionally helped his wife review the video content. They shared two sons, Sean Davis and Tim Davis.
Sean Davis is a professional soccer player who was a New York Red Bulls midfielder. He currently plays for the Nashville Soccer Club.
In 2022, Forbes included Ms. Davis on its annual “50 over 50” list, which pays tribute to successful women over 50. She won Streamy Awards, honoring online videos in the editing and food categories. Similarly, in 2023, she attended and spoke at the Forbes Women’s Summit in Abu Dhabi.
Cause of Death: How Did Lynja Passed Away?
In 2019, Lynja Davis was diagnosed with throat cancer, which affected her voice. Two years later, she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
In her later years, Lynja lived in Holmdel, New Jersey. Unfortunately, she died of esophageal cancer on January 1, 2024, as per the Riverview Medical Center review.
Tributes from numerous content creators poured in on social media. Her youngest son, Tim, shared a tribute video on YouTube.
Celebrity Chef Nick DiGiovanni also paid the tributes on his social media. The two set the Guinness World record for creating the largest donut cake, largest cake pop, chicken nugget, and sushi roll.
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What Will Happen To Cooking With Lynja Videos?
Yamada’s youngest son, Tim, revealed that his late mother requested to upload videos that were already edited. Therefore, Cooking With Lynja’s social media accounts have remained active.
Davis’ simple recipes, unique voice, and witty humor have earned her nearly 10 million on YouTube and 20 million on TikTok. The account will stop posting after the last Cooking With Lynja videos are uploaded.
In her final years, the late cooking star traveled worldwide, met people, cooked, and ate fantastic food. Our deepest condolences to Lynja Yamada Davis husband, and their children.