MR. Yigit Pura - Real Men We Admire

June 14, 2013

MR. Yigit Pura is this week's Real Man We Admire.

We're all about a nice set of "cakes," but what really makes us melt quicker than tempered chocolate is a guy who can bake one from scratch. It's a recipe that this week's Real Man We Admire, Yigit Pura, has down pat. Not only is this openly gay pastry chef one delicious dish, he's also making some pretty sweet moves when it comes to supporting the LGBT community.

Reality-TV fans no doubt recognize this baking beauty as the winner of the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” where he showcased his expertise in the kitchen and his ability to create all sorts of mouth-watering morsels with just seconds to spare. It’s a talent that took shape while growing up in Ankara, Turkey, and later honed at some of the country’s finest restaurants, including Le Cirque 2000, Daniel, and the Four Seasons Hotel. Since taking that culinary crown, he's gone on to become one of his industry’s most sought-after chefs and personalities, opening the hugely successful Tout Sweet Pâtisserie in San Francisco’s bustling Union Square neighborhood and penning his first-ever cookbook, Sweet Alchemy, which will hit bookstore shelves later this year.

Pretty impressive stuff for someone who’s just 32 years old, but it’s Pura's commitment to the community that’s truly the icing on the cake. Over the years, he's worked to promote a number of LGBT causes, including the Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, and organizations that work to end bullying.

“Right after I won ‘Top Chef Just Desserts,’ I knew that my career and everything else would go through the roof, so, I thought I wanted to do a lot of charity and non-profit work to try and keep my ego and karma in check,” he told the EDGE Media. "Having moved (to the United States) as an immigrant, as a person of color, and obviously, as a queer youth in the closet at an, let’s say, oddly racist high school, I recall how difficult that was. It’s very rewarding for me to give back. I come away feeling having gotten more than I’ve given.”

Keep up with this culinary cutie on his official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Clip time!

Watch Pura snatch the title of Top Chef:

A strong supporter of gay youth organizations, Pura whipped up this inspiring video for the It Gets Better Project:

Talk about man candy!

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So, how do your culinary skills stack up? What's your favorite sweet treat? Which reality show would you come out on top of? Sound off in the comments section below.

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As a Turkish gay man, I am proud of Yigit not only for his professional achievements but his courage to stand up for the issues important to LGBT community. Thanks, Yigit.

LOL @ "man of color." Don't get me wrong I love this man and watched that season of TC just because of him. But come on, he is super cute and looks like your typical hunky white boy lax bro. I highly doubt he was harassed for being a "man of color."

this man is perfect so sexy wish he was all mine

Great smile and beautiful body!!! Would love him for dessert!