Yigit (pronounced Yeet) was crowned the winner and fan favoriteon the premiere season of BRAVO’s “Top Chef Just Desserts” – a spin-off of the popular Emmy-nominated and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef.” 2011 is already heating up with a feature in the April issue of Food & Wine Magazine, a showcase at the annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and as a Gala Chef at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards in New York. He plans to team up with Taste to open Tout Sweet, a high-end pastry shop in San Francisco in February 2012.
Pura began his culinary training in the pastry arts at the age of four in Ankara, Turkey. One of his fondest memories is of his mother making him a big spoon-full of dark caramel. His first job in the United States was in the pastry kitchen at The Meetinghouse, a 3-star San Francisco restaurant, where he worked for two years under chef and mentor Joanna Karlinsky. From The Meetinghouse he went on to work in several other pastry kitchens in San Francisco including Postrio and Gary Danko. Yigit moved to New York City in the Fall of 2003 where he held increasingly responsible positions at the famed Le Cirque 2000 and the Five Star, Five Diamond Four Season Hotel, both under Executive Pastry Chef Luis Robledo-Richards. He went on to work at the world famous Restaurant Daniel, as Pastry Sous Chef, and at Daniel Boulud in Las Vegas, as Executive Pastry Chef, both under chef/owner Daniel Boulud. Yigit joined Taste Catering & Event Planning as Executive Pastry Chef in the Spring of 2007.
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