Current Residency: Philadelphia, PA
Occupation: Executive Chef, Maison208 (opening Winter 2016/17)
A French-speaking Haitian native with Manhattan fine-dining sensibilities, Senat is a kitchen-trained chef who learned from some of the absolute best. His culinary journey has taken him from The Sign of The Dove to Aquavit NY to then Jean Georges' restaurant at Trump Hotel where he eventually became Jean-Georges' sous chef. He moved on to become co-chef de cuisine at 66 Leonard Street and Mercer Kitchen. He has also worked overseas in France and San Juan, and upon his return home, he was immediately snatched up by Buddakan in Philadelphia. After two years there, Sylva moved on to become the Executive Chef of Tashan Restaurant and Lounge, a new modern Indian restaurant. Senat was a cornerstone of the success at Tashan and is currently consulting with other restaurants in Philadelphia, while also preparing to open a new restaurant, Maison208, in Center City this winter. He also mentors young students from a program called Career through Culinary Arts, where he also holds a seat on the alumni board.