Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook are the co-owners of the nationally beloved, trailblazing Philadelphia hospitality group CookNSolo, and champions of Israel's extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape. Together, they have been awarded three James Beard Foundation Awards, with Mike awarded two additional Beard Awards for his work as Chef of Zahav, which includes "Outstanding Chef", 2017. Zahav, their restaurant that put the rich melting pot of Israeli cuisine at the forefront of dining in America today, became in 2019 the first Israeli and first Philadelphia restaurant to win the James Beard "Outstanding Restaurant" Award. In 2018, Zahav was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of "The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years". In addition to Zahav, their restaurants are Federal Donuts – the hometown hero donut, fried chicken, and coffee shop which they co-own with three longtime partners; 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 named for Solomonov’s hometown just outside of Tel Aviv. In November of 2019, the duo opened Merkaz, an Israeli pita sandwich shop and cafe, and in February opened Laser Wolf, an Israeli skewer house (shipudiya). Just this May, Laser Wolf was named a GQ Magazine "Best New Restaurant in America", 2020. And because the restaurant biz lends so much extra time, 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.

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

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