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Yigit Pura

Yigit Pura, Chef/Owner, Tout Sweet Pâtisserie 

Yigit Pura began his training in the pastry arts at The Meetinghouse in San Francisco, and gained further experience at such other local meccas as Postrio and Gary Danko. He moved to Manhattan in 2003 and worked at Le Cirque 2000 and the Four Seasons Hotel, both under executive pastry chef Luis Robledo-Richards. Under the tutelage of renowned chef/owner Daniel Boulud, Pura served at both Restaurant Daniel as pastry sous chef, and at Daniel Boulud in Las Vegas as executive pastry chef.

Pura joined Taste Catering & Event Planning as Executive Pastry Chef in Spring 2007, and with them recently opened the high-end pastry shop, Tout Sweet Pâtisserie in San Francisco’s Union Square. Plans are in the works to expand nationally as well as into Asia.

Culinary television aficionados might recognize this passionate pastry chef as the winner and fan favorite of the first season of BRAVO’s Top Chef Just Desserts, though he has also been featured in magazines, such as Food & Wine, Sunset, People, Entertainment Weekly, OUT magazine, and GQ Turkey (Pura is Turkish in origin). Pura is proud to use his celebrity to advocate causes close to his heart, among them Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, Meals on Wheels, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Project Open Hand, and the ASPCA. His first cookbook, Sweet Alchemy, is due out this September.

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