Jay Astafa is a 21 year old vegan chef. He started his culinary journey when he became vegan in 2007. Going vegan inspired him to become a vegan chef. In 2009, he created a full vegan Italian inspired menu for his dad’s restaurant 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe on Long Island. His menu quickly drew a cult following. It became a hit on Long Island, and beyond. In 2011, 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe was awarded “PETA’s Best Vegan Pizza”. In 2011, Jay graduated from New York’s Natural Gourmet Institute. In 2013, he studied restaurant management at the International Culinary Center. In 2013, he also hosted a NYC 2 day fine dining popup restaurant called jay kitchen.
He has featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, Long Island Press, The Braiser, Our Hen House, and Laika Magazine to name a few. Jay Astafa is ready to show the world, that animal ingredients are passé and that there is a whole world of innovative plant based cuisine.
Jay Astafa is the chef/owner of jay astafa catering, a NY based boutique vegan catering company. He is also the vegan chef at 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe. Jay is planning to open a vegan restaurant in NYC.