March 2, 1950 |
|Occupation||Restaurateur, financier, lawyer|
Early life and education
Jeffrey Chodorow was born in the Bronx, but his father died the year he was born, so he and his mother moved to Miami, Florida in 1950 to live with Chodorow's mother's sister. His mother and aunt were both manicurists in a Cuban barbershop. He grew up in Miami Beach. Chodorow grew up very poor in a very wealthy Miami area.
Chodorow graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 with a degree in economics. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1975 as a juris doctor. He was a lawyer in Pennsylvania and Florida.
Four years later, Chodorow resurrected the defunct airline Braniff International Airways as Braniff III. The reborn airline lasted for one year. Chodorow was convicted in 1994 of defrauding the U.S. Department of Transportation and obstructing a pending proceeding of the DOT. In return for his guilty plea to these charges, the government dropped additional charges that Chodorow committed bankruptcy fraud and fraudulently concealed assets from creditors. Chodorow was sent to jail for one year. During this time, Jack Polsenberg and Neil Faggen kept the restaurants open and ran them until Chodorow was released from jail.
Chodorow opened the Asia de Cuba restaurant at the Schrager Morgans Hotel, and subsequently was the financier for the restaurant in the reality TV show The Restaurant He also owns China Grill Management, a collection of restaurants, a number of which are also in Schrager hotels.
In a full page ad taken out in the February 21, 2007 dining section of the New York Times, Chodorow declared figurative war on critic Frank Bruni for giving him a poor review. The ad said the review was a personal attack and that he would follow up Bruni's reviews with visits to the restaurant himself, with his own review to follow on his blog.
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