Where Chef’s story begins: Haitian-born, Brooklyn, New York-raised Sylva Senat has been a lifelong learner since, as a high school culinary student, he walked into the beloved New York restaurant The Sign of the Dove. The teenager rode the train from Coney Island in Brooklyn to Manhattan to experience the “art and symmetry” of the iconic kitchen that inspired him to become a chef. Today, the executive chef of the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia recalls his internship in the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C•CAP) that catapulted him to the kitchens of some of the world’s most famous chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Marcus Samuelsson. From the former, he learned “simplicity and the artistry of the plate.” From the latter, he learned “creativity and flavor of food.”
When Chef Senat arrived at the Pyramid Club in late 2018, he applied his life’s lessons to create separate dining areas so Members could choose high cuisine, casual dining or bar bites. He remembers only one occasion when he could not meet a Member’s request for a special event menu. “Sometimes,” he says with a laugh, “the Member wants ‘Grandma’s recipe.’ For that, I need Grandma’s recipe.” He challenges Members to shop international markets and to learn about spices. After all, even when they are not traveling, there is no excuse not to “taste” a destination.
Epicurean Delight at Greater Heights
Prepare to be dazzled as you indulge in sparkling panoramic views of downtown Philadelphia and bold, eclectic cuisine. From Chef’s Tastings complete with sommelier pairings to first-class butcher chops and steaks, Aperture welcomes you to embark on a culinary journey, curated by James Beard-nominated Chef Sylva.
New Anytime Lounge
Some of the best ideas and connections are sparked at the bar. From happy hours to date nights, experience the electric energy of the anytime bar and lounge offering craft cocktails, an array of fine wines and local craft beer.