By Adam Sandel
Yigit (“Yeet”) Pura, the first winner of BRAVO’s “Top Chef Just Desserts” throws open the doors to his Tout Sweet Patisserie at Macy’s in San Francisco on Saturday, September 8.
The chic and airy shop, which overlooks Union Square, fuses French ambiance with modern California design. The sweet and savory treats are a creatively playful cornucopia of confections including cakes and pastries, cookies, parfaits, and macaroons.
“Opening a patisserie has always been a dream of mine and I couldn’t be more excited to do it in my hometown of San Francisco, a city which I adore,” says Pura.
The ever-changing selection of Yigit’s treats include breakfast and lunch items as well. They reflect his international travels, his years as pastry chef at some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco, New York, and Las Vegas, and his eclectic sources of inspiration.
Pura combines unique ingredients, flavors, and textures for his “Inspired” lines.
“Inspiration for me is everywhere,” he says. “That’s what’s so exciting about pastry making. Whether it’s a musician, a poem or a favorite travel destination, I like to explore what they would taste like on a sweet palette.”
Tout Sweet Patisserie is a partnership between Pura and Taste Catering and Event Planning’s co-owners MeMe Pederson and Janet Griggs – for whom he’s named two of his signature macaroons.
Since becoming a household name after his “Top Chef Just Desserts” triumph, Yigit has also become an outspoken advocate for LGBT causes including The Trevor Project, GLAAD, HRC, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
He’s been featured in Food and Wine magazine, People magazine and Entertainment Weekly. This year he was named one of the Advocate’s “Top 40 Under 40” and one of Out magazine’s “Out 100.”
With all of his national acclaim, and the realization of his dream to open his own patisserie, for Yigit Pura – life is sweet.