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Celebrity chef Yigit Pura on yoga and fitness

Celebrity chef Yigit Pura on yoga and fitness

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Yigit Pura, the winner of season one of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” practices Buddhism and is known for his zen-like calm in the kitchen. Here, the slim, effervescent chef talks about yoga and fitness.

You meditate.  Do you do yoga asana also?

I do yoga as well.  But the great thing is actually, I actually relate a lot my cooking to Buddhism because in Buddhism they say that the way you find happiness and contentment is by walking the middle line of two extremes.  And that’s kind of actually how I approach my desserts.  I always like to pair things that are so out of range from each other so that when you actually put them together it makes a beautiful marriage.  It’s kind of like opposites attract.

How do you stay fit while working in the culinary industry?

I think there’s this bad stigma that all chefs are fat.  That’s not the case at all.  I think it’s like finding a balance in anything else.   I live on sugar.  Probably about 85% of my diet is sugar so I’m always amazed my pancreas hasn’t given out yet.  I exercise regularly.  I’m living in San Francisco. I bike everywhere. I feel like when I exercise, it’s an hour and a half of alone, me time, quiet time.  It’s something I cherish.

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