Yıldız Horata was born in Kayseri in 1960. She has been living in Istanbul since she was four and a half, that is since 1965, when her parents migrated to Istanbul so that their children could learn Armenian, which was not possible to learn in Kayseri at that time. She has been working on and delving into the Armenian culinary culture for years, particularly of the Sivas and Kayseri regions. Horata has actively contributed to various activities of Hrant Dink Foundation, and was one of the speakers of the Kayseri Dumpling Festival held on 26 October 2019.