Poor Restaurateur! Sylva Senat CAUGHT Skipping Out On Food & Beverage Tax

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Dec. 16 2016, Published 10:08 a.m. ET

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Sylva Senat needs the $125,000 grand prize more than his fellow Top Chef competitors! has learned that the 39-year-old chef was charged with four counts of failing to remit food and beverage tax by the City of Newport News in Virginia!

"Having found the evidence sufficient for a findings of guilt, the Court has agreed to withhold the entering such findings on the condition that the defendant comply with the terms of the promissory Note he entered into with the Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue, which requires payments of $250.00 each month until the account for Ippinmono, L.C.C. is paid in full," the court documents read.

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He is expected to pay off his debts by May 2018.


Senat opened Ippin Mono Café in 2014, but it was shut down by July 2015. In that time, he tried to evade taxes for November 2014, December 2014, January 2015 and February 2015.

He is now preparing to open a new restaurant, Maison208, this winter in Philadelphia.

Watch Senat on Top Chef, premiering December 1 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

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