Yigit began his culinary training at the age of four in Ankara, Turkey while helping his mom make dark caramel. His formal culinary training began at the age of 20 in San Francisco, while working in some of the top kitchens. He then moved to New York City, where he accepted a position at Le Cirque 2000 and moved shortly after to The Four Seasons Hotel. Yigit then landed what he would call his “golden step,” as the Pastry Sous Chef at Daniel, under Chef Daniel Boulud. After two and a half years, he was promoted to Executive Pastry for Daniel Boulud in Las Vegas. Pura spent the last five years serving as Executive Pastry Chef for Taste Catering and Event Planning
Yigit continues to be an advocate for human rights and for those who are underserved, using his voice to raise money for non-profit organizations around the nation, including Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, Meals On Wheels, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Project Open Hand and ASPCA. He has received recognition and awards from the city of San Francisco, as well as the California Senate, for his efforts.
Yigit is currently writing a cookbook with Chronicle Books titled “Sweet Alchemy”, due out September 2013.
MeMe Pederson, COO
MeMe Pederson has been at the center of premier catering in San Francisco and the Bay Area for over 25 years through her company, Taste Catering & Event Planning. MeMe has leant her talents and those of her company to developing food services for such diverse and unique operations as The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Teatro Zinzanni Dinner Theater and the San Francisco cabaret/restaurant AsiaSF. In addition to her business activities, MeMe has served on the board of directors for such important charitable organizations as Meals on Wheels of San Francisco and The Academy of Friends.
Her generous community involvement includes the following organizations: SF Aids Foundation, Strike Out Breast Cancer, Project Inform, New Leaf, SF Performances, Yerba Buena Center for Arts, SF Film Festival, Dining by Design, Aids Memorial Grove and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Janet Griggs, CFO
Ms. Griggs is responsible for the Company’s strategic and financial planning, financial controls and administration. Under her direction, Taste was the first fully computerized off-premises caterer in San Francisco developing a proprietary software system unique in the industry for its capacity not only to create customized event proposals but also determine the profitability of individual events as well as track client relationships. Ms. Griggs oversees the administrative function for Taste’s Teatro ZinZanni partnership and acts as liaison with One Reel negotiating agreements and providing regular updates as well as formal annual operating reviews.
Ms. Griggs is President of the Board of CUESA, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. In her capacity as Board President, Ms. Griggs is responsible for the fiscal health of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and the educational programs funded by that activity.