Michael Solomonov

Full Bio

A 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic,” Chef Michael Solomonov is the executive chef at Zahav, Philadelphia’s renowned modern Israeli restaurant. Known for his extraordinary skill at transforming simple foods into artful culinary masterpieces, he is widely regarded as one of the city’s top young chefs and entrepreneurs. In addition to his duties at Zahav, of which is he co-owner, Chef Solomonov is a partner in Percy Street Barbecue, a Southern inspired barbecue restaurant and bar on South Street that has quickly become known as the best place in Philadelphia for smoked meats, and Federal Donuts a mostly take-out, donuts-and-fried-chicken shop serving exceptional coffee, cake donuts and fried chicken. In August of 2014, he and partner Steven Cook opened Dizengoff, a casual hummusiya, and Abe Fisher, serving cuisine inspired by the Jewish Diaspora.

Recently, Chef Solomonov was announced as a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef in the James Beard Awards; Abe Fisher was also listed for Best New Restaurant. In 2014, Zahav was named to the “The National Eater 38,” by editor Bill Addison, and Abe Fisher and Dizengoff were both featured as two of Travel + Leisure’s “50 Best New Restaurants, 2014.” Mike was also voted Eater’s Chef of the Year and was featured in Esquire’s September 2014 as one of 22 Men Redefining Style Across America. In 2015, he published, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cuisine with his business partner Steven Cook, which was nominated for a James Beard Award in the International cookbook category.

Before opening Zahav, which means “gold” in Hebrew, in 2008, Chef Solomonov was the executive chef at West Philadelphia’s Marigold Kitchen, which he and restaurateur Steven Cook co-owned until 2009. There, he was named “Rising Star Chef, 2007” by Restaurant Hospitality magazine, as well as “Best Chef, 2006” by Philadelphia magazine. Prior to joining Cook at Marigold Kitchen, Chef Solomonov worked under such top chefs as Marc Vetri at Vetri and Terence Feury at Striped Bass. He is a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. Born in Israel, he grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and now calls Philadelphia home. He frequently travels back to Israel, including an epic 2008 trip with the entire opening team from Zahav to introduce them to the cuisine they would be preparing and serving. For more information about Chef Michael Solomonov or any of the restaurants that he co-owns with Steven Cook, please visit www.cooknsolo.com and follow them on Twitter (@cooknsolo).

Abe Fisher

1623 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 867-0088


237 Saint James Pl. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

(215) 625-8800

Federal Donuts

1219 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA

Percy Street BBQ

900 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

(215) 625-8510


1625 Sansom St Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

(215) 867-8181