Michael Solomonov

Michael Solomonov

Co-owner of Zahav

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.

Mike Solomonov at Federal Donuts

Plan Z

Michael Solomonov of Zahav looks back on where he’s been, where he’s going, and discovers the secret ingredient: letting go of everything he thought it was supposed to look like.

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