Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook are the co-owners of the nationally beloved, trailblazing Philadelphia hospitality group CookNSolo. Together, they have been awarded two James Beard Foundation Awards, with Mike awarded two additional Beard Awards for his work as Chef of Zahav, including Best Chef 2017. Zahav, their pioneering Israeli restaurant, put the food of Israel on the map and in 2019 became the first Israeli and first Philadelphia restaurant to win James Beards Outstanding Restaurant Award. The duo have co-authored three highly acclaimed cookbooks — Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story, and Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious. In addition to Zahav, their restaurants are Dizengoff – an authentic Israeli-style hummusiya; Abe Fisher – serving contemporary takes on old-world Ashkenazi Jewish cooking; Goldie – a vegan and Kosher falafel shop; and K’Far – an Israeli bakery and all-day cafe. Along with their three partners, they also own Federal Donuts – the hometown hero donut, fried chicken, and coffee shop. In 2018, Zahav was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of "The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years". By the end of 2019, the pair will bring two more slices of Israeli food culture to Philadelphia with Merkaz – an Israeli sandwich shop, and Laser Wolf – an Israeli mixed grill restaurant.

Outside of the restaurants, you can often find Mike and Steve at Pho 75, working out the kinks in their Israeli village.

Follow Mike on Instagram, where he'll occasionally post updates about Steve.