about jay astafa

My name is Jay Astafa and I’m 20 years old.

I’ve been vegan for 5 years and it has completely changed my life.  After turning vegan, I was inspired to become a vegan chef and show the world how awesome vegan cooking is.  I graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC in May 2011.

I am the vegan chef at my family restaurant 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Rockville Centre, NY which my dad owns.  I created a vegan menu there in 2oo9 because there were very few vegan options out in Long Island.  I wanted to change that, so I created a complete vegan version of 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe’s traditional Italian menu.   Now our vegan menu is so popular!

Right now I am searching for a location for my hip upscale vegan restaurant concept called JAY which will be located in downtown Manhattan.

People are always asking me how I make my dishes.  This is why I decided to start blogging again after previously blogging at The Vegan Foodie 3 years ago.  I want to show me how to create delicious and gourmet dishes that are full of flavor using all plant-based ingredients!

I hope you all enjoy!


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