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Thursday, February 5, 2009


AYZA’s Executive Chef, Sean Robert Chudoba, has experienced working at fine establishments such as Le Cirque 2000, Rue 57 and Bette. His desire to pursue a career in culinary arts is attributable to the inspiration of his mother. He was raised in a family that was extremely passionate about food and he channeled that enthusiasm into a rewarding career. His creativity and passion for food demonstrates itself in the unique menu he has created for AYZA. One can describe and characterize the menu as modern French-Italian fusion. Recently has been featured on FoodNetwork's "Chopped" cooking competition. Whom You Know highly recommends Sean and Ayza!!!

Please vote for him from being saved from the "Chopping Block". Thank you.

(This voting poll lasts 1 week)

Peachy Deegan: What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
Sean Chudoba: My favorite place in NYC is Central Park all year round. It's probably the only place in NYC that you could escape the craziness, be at peace, and refocus. I am a beach person - Jones Beach, Montauk & Breezy Point are favorites.

What is your favorite shop?
Being a chef I'm always looking for the freshest & best foods & ideas. I can find everything I need at Chelsea Market. It is the foodie shopping mall in NYC.

What is your favorite drink?
My favorite drink is glass of Port or Dirty Martini on the menu at the Rise Bar in the Ritz Carlton Battery Park Hotel. It is the best rooftop bar in the city. The views are spectacular. A must in the summer.

What is your favorite restaurant? Sushi at Nobu, cold beer & greasy burgers at Burger Joint. My two indulgences - Belgian fries at Pommes Frittes in the village, and the best baugettes & french pastries at Almondine Bakery in Brooklyn.

What is your favorite NYC book? Eats NYC & The Zagat - but, this could also qualify for being overrated.

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can do nowhere else? Hands down - Times Square - New Years Eve. There is nothing like it!! Personally, I think it should be done once in everyone's life. It is a true authentic experience that only New York can offer.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here? I think the kindness of New Yorkers is underrated. New Yorkers have had a bad rap for far too long. NYC rent is way too overrated!! There should be a law passed or fine placed on those who charge ridiculous obscene hard earned money for an apartment no bigger than the size of a bathroom.

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