Chefs

Tout Sweet Patisserie's Yigit Pura on First Visit to Miami: "I'm Excited to Have the Taste of a New City"

James Beard Foundation's Taste America national tour kicks off in Miami Friday, and with it come big names like internationally renowned culinary pioneer Norman Van Aken, favorite TV personality Ted Allen, and West Coast pastry chef Yigit Pura of Top Chef Just Desserts fame.

Raised in Turkey and now residing in San Francisco, Pura won the first season of Just Desserts in 2010. After his win, the young and beautiful pastry chef returned to the Golden City with Taste Catering and Event Planning and then opened his own bakery, Tout Sweet Patisserie, one year ago. San Francisco's sweetheart, Pura is openly gay and considered to be an activist in the LGBT community.

After celebrating the one-year anniversary of Tout Sweet last week, the San Francisco chef took some time to tell Short Order about his first trip to Miami, what sweets he'll be dishing out at Taste America, and the cookbook he'll be releasing this spring.

See also: Taste America: Mendin, Van Aken, Rapicavoli, Susser, and Others Describe Worst Cooking Moments

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