Bakers Dozen has great guest speakers and many IACP and James Beard award winners within its ranks including Flo Braker & Alice Medrich (who were both featured on Baking with Julia) and Chez Panisse pastry chef Lindsey Shere. If you are in the Bay Area, I highly recommend you check it out and join. Sorry about the photos. As you might be able to tell, shades were drawn in the room and even wonderful photographer Paula Eve Aspin only got a few shots. (Thanks Paula!)
Emily Luchetti, executive pastry chef of San Francisco’s Farallon & Waterbar, author of five books including 2011’s The Fearless Baker, and IACP and James Beard award winner, hopped onto the banquet table in Foreign Cinema’s gallery to interview Yigit Pura, executive pastry chef at Taste Catering and winner of the first season of Bravo TV’s pastry competition Top Chef Just Desserts.
Perched on the back bar, I tried to get down as much as I could, but I am only able to capture the highlights here. Yigit is infectiously energetic with a hilarious dry wit, and his patter was turbocharged by the Peet’s coffee sitting next to him, so it was tough to keep up but I had a lot of fun trying. For more proof of Yigit’s funny, follow him on Twitter @YigitPura