Michael Solomonov

A 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” and a 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best International Cookbook” and “Book of the Year” for his and business partner/co-author Steven Cook’s first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), Chef Michael Solomonov is the executive chef/co-owner at Zahav and widely regarded as one of the country’s top chefs. In addition to his duties at Zahav, Chef Solomonov is a partner in Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher and the forthcoming Rooster Soup Company – all in Philadelphia – as well as Dizengoff NYC inside Chelsea Market. In 2015, Eater restaurant editor/critic, Bill Addison, named Chef Solomonov the “Genius of Modern Jewish Cooking” and in 2014, asserted that “Zahav defines Israeli cuisine in America” as part of two excellent reviews. Also in 2014, Zahav was named to the “The National Eater 38” and was voted Eater’s “Chef of the Year”. Both Abe Fisher and Dizengoff were featured as two of Travel + Leisure’s “50 Best New Restaurants, 2014.” Craig LaBan at the Philadelphia Inquirer rated both Abe Fisher and Dizengoff “Three Bells” in his review, and Zahav holds a coveted “Four Bells”. Chef Solomonov was also the subject of a New York Times feature in 2011 that explored the genesis and continued success of Zahav, which praised his “simple food with layers of flavor.” Before opening Zahav, Chef Solomonov was the executive chef at Marigold Kitchen which he and Cook co-owned until 2009, and worked under such top chefs as Marc Vetri and Terence Feury. Born in Israel and raised in Pittsburgh, he frequently travels back to Israel.

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine? French toast. My favorite SOBEWFF® memory is: Slicing and serving 1,000 pounds of barbecue brisket for Meatopia with Chef Erin O'Shea. Another charity/non-profit cause important to me is: The Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative in Philadelphia that provides food and essential services to people who need a hand. If I could collaborate with anyone in the world on a project, it would be: I would love to cook a dinner with Chef Kamel Hashlamon. I never leave home without my: Headphones.