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Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook are co-owners of the trailblazing Philadelphia hospitality group, CookNSolo Restaurants, 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 2017 "Outstanding Chef". Zahav is their flagship spot that is widely recognized for bringing the many cultures of Israeli cuisine to diners across the U.S., and around the world. In 2019, Zahav became the first Israeli and first Philadelphia restaurant to win the James Beard "Outstanding Restaurant" Award. In addition to Zahav, their restaurants are Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Goldie, Merkaz, K’Far and Laser Wolf, as well as Lilah — a Spring 2022-debuted event venue bringing together 15 years of culinary and hospitality wizardry. In May of 2022, the CookNSolo together with Chicago’s famed Boka Restaurant Group brought grill house sensation Laser Wolf, with uninterrupted views of the Manhattan skyline, to Brooklyn on the rooftop of The Hoxton.

And in Mike and Steve's spare time, the duo have co-authored three highly acclaimed cookbooks — Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking (a two-time James Beard Award winner), 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.