Michael Solomonov is the co-founder of CookNSolo Restaurant Partners and the executive chef and co-owner of Zahav, Philadelphia's pioneering modern Israeli restaurant. Michael is a four-time James Beard Award winner, including "Outstanding Chef" in 2017 and "Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic" in 2011. Solomonov's first cookbook Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, co-authored with Steven Cook, won James Beard Awards for "Book of the Year" and "Best International Cookbook".
In addition to his duties at Zahav, Chef Solomonov co-owns Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Goldie, and the philanthropic Rooster Soup Company, which donates 100% of its profits to support Philadelphia's most vulnerable citizens. Born in Israel and raised in Pittsburgh, Solomonov frequently travels back to Israel.
Steven Cook is the co-founder of CookNSolo Restaurant Partners. He is the co-author of Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, winner of two James Beard Awards in 2016 for "Best International Cookbook" and "Book of the Year". Cook also sits on Broad Street's Hospitality and Corporate Council, which supports Broad Street's mission of providing meals and social services to Philadelphia's most vulnerable citizens. Prior to founding CookNSolo, Cook was the owner and executive chef of Marigold Kitchen. Cook is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the French Culinary Institute. He left a job as an investment banker in New York to return to Philadelphia and pursue a career as a hospitality entrepreneur.