Chief Restaurant Advisor

The Chief Restaurant Advisor role, now in its third year, ensures the perspectives of independent restaurant owners are heard and honored.

Chief Restaurant Advisor

Why we created the Chief Restaurant Advisor role

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Champion the restaurant perspective

Ensure that DoorDash has more visibility into the opportunities and challenges facing real-world restaurant operators.

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Serve as a voice of the industry

Bridge potential gaps by participating in conversations with DoorDash leaders, employees, and local restaurateurs.

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Provide valuable insights and feedback

Host industry roundtables, attend strategy meetings, and share feedback on DoorDash products and services.

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Meet Michael Solomonov, our current Chief Restaurant Advisor

Michael Solomonov is a beloved champion of Israel's extraordinarily diverse culinary landscape and is widely recognized for bringing Israeli cuisine to diners across the US and around the world. He is co-owner of CookNSolo Restaurants with hospitality entrepreneur Steve Cook, and they own Philadelphia’s esteemed Zahav — the trailblazing restaurant opened in 2008 where Solomonov is Chef.

Solomonov is the recipient of the five James Beard Foundation Awards, including "Outstanding Restaurant" for Zahav, and is the co-author of three cookbooks.

In addition to Zahav, Solomonov oversees Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Goldie, K’Far, and Laser Wolf across Philadelphia and New York City.

Meet our previous Chief Restaurant Advisors

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Stephanie Izard

Stephanie Izard, James Beard "Best Chef: Great Lakes" recipient 2013, and 2011 Food & Wine "Best New Chef," is the Executive Chef and Owner of five Chicago restaurants: Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat, Cabra, and Sugargoat, along with Girl & the Goat and Cabra in Los Angeles. Izard also won the coveted title of "Iron Chef" in 2017 and was the first woman to win Bravo’s "Top Chef" in 2008.

Known for her nose-to-tail whole-animal cuisine, Stephanie is the author of two books: "Girl in the Kitchen" and "Gather & Graze."

Pinky Cole, Chief Restaurant Advisor

Pinky Cole

Pinky Cole is a Jamaican-American restaurateur and founder of Slutty Vegan, a plant-based burger restaurant chain that has revolutionized the Black vegan food world and gained an almost cult-like following in Georgia, Alabama, and New York.

She also founded the Pinky Cole Foundation, which seeks to empower generations of color to win in life, financially, and in the pursuit of their entrepreneurial goals. In 2022, Cole released a cookbook, “Eat Plants, B*tch," which reimagines traditional comfort foods and gives them a plant-based makeover.

Dive into the stories of Chief Restaurant Advisors, past and present

  • Mx Blog - Slutty Vegan Success Story - Eat Plants

    How Slutty Vegan Gained a Cult Following

    Learn how Atlanta-based Slutty Vegan won over the hearts of its customers with PInky Cole at the helm.

  • Stephanie Izard, Chief Restaurant Advisor

    How Stephanie Izard Built a Positive Work Culture

    Girl & the Goat Chef and Owner Stephanie Izard discusses creating a restaurant culture that empowers her team.

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    Pinky Cole is the Plant-Based Queen

    The Slutty Vegan founder, now at the helm of a $100 million empire, is a former Dasher who keeps putting her unique spin on vegan food.

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    Stephanie Izard is the GOAT

    Girl & the Goat’s star chef, known for her love of meats you don’t frequently find on menus, reveals her top spots for ordering in.

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Access opportunity, capital, and community

We’ve developed a number of initiatives to support you, your business, and the causes you care about.

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    Healthcare, Hiring, and Training Benefits

    We’ve teamed up with companies like EdApp to offer custom discounts on valuable services.

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    Chief Restaurant Advisor

    The Chief Restaurant Advisor regularly meets with DoorDash leaders, employees, and local restaurateurs hosting industry roundtables, attending strategy meetings, and providing feedback on products and services.

  • Mx - Entreprenuership & Access - Disaster Relief Fund

    Disaster Relief Fund

    We aim to reduce the financial burden on small businesses following a natural disaster with access to $10,000 grants, helping keep their doors open.

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    Accelerator for Local Restaurants

    The Accelerator improves access to technical assistance, restaurant education, and grants, with resources, speakers, and content most relevant to restaurants owned by women, immigrants, and people of color.