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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

'It Gets Better': Top Chef Just Desserts' Yigit Pura Recalls Bullying

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 12:18 PM

We've been watching Top Chef Just Desserts religiously, and since Episode 1 we've been crushing hard on local pastry chef Yigit Pura. He's young, adorable, has an accent, and can bake, cream, and melt the most hardened among us. Last week he let Gail and the rest of us ladies down easy, saying if he played for our team he'd be making chocolate soufflés for us all the time like he does for his boyfriend.

But wait, it he gets better ...

Yigit just released his very own "It Gets Better" video to help young people struggling with their LGBT identity. He explains the struggle with his own sexuality, coming to this country and learning English, and being picked on in school. Things did, in fact, get better: In college he kissed a boy ... and he liked it. Rainbows exploded and the light at the end of the tunnel was a pot of gold-dusted chocolate soufflés. Yigit's final message: Hang in there, visit The Trevor Project for support, and in the meantime just have some dessert and feel good.

Oh Yigit, you give us a toothache! (It means we think you are like, so totally, unbearably sweet.)

Read more from Carina Ost at CarinaOst.com. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie.

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