Michael Solomonov is a beloved champion of Israel's extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape.
He is co-owner of CookNSolo Restaurants with hospitality entrepreneur, Steve Cook. Together they own Philadelphia's Zahav, the trailblazing restaurant where Solomonov is Chef, which has put the rich melting pot of Israeli cuisine at the forefront of dining in America today. Solomonov is the co-author of three cookbooks, and the recipient of the following James Beard awards: 2011 "Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic", 2016 "Best International Cookbook" and "Book of the Year" for his and business partner/co-author Steven Cook's best-selling cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, and the 2017 "Outstanding Chef." In 2018, Zahav was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of "The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years" and in May of 2019, Zahav was awarded "Outstanding Restaurant" by the James Beard Foundation, making Zahav the first Israeli-American restaurant to be awarded this great honor. In addition to his work at Zahav, Chef Solomonov co-owns Philadelphia's Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, and Goldie. In July of 2019, Solomonov brought another major slice of Israeli food culture to Philadelphia with K'Far, an Israeli bakery & café named for his hometown just outside of Tel Aviv. In November of 2019, Solomonov opened Merkaz, an Israeli pita sandwich shop, and in February of 2020 opened Laser Wolf, an Israeli skewer house.