Michael Solomonov

Michael Solomonov


About Michael Solomonov

Michael Solomonov is the executive chef and co-owner of Philadelphia’s pioneering Israeli restaurant, Zahav. He is the 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic”, a 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best International Cookbook” and “Book of the Year” for his and business partner/co-author Steven Cook’s first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, and the 2017 James Beard Award's “Outstanding Chef.” In addition to his duties at Zahav, Chef Solomonov co-owns Philadelphia's Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Goldie, Miami's Federal Donuts and Dizengoff, NYC's Dizengoff, and the philanthropic Rooster Soup Company, which donates 100% of its profits to Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative that provides meals and essential services to individuals experiencing homelessness and hunger in Philadelphia. Also in 2017, Solomonov and the Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) created a partnership to champion Israel’s extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape.

My Venues


  • Outstanding Chef (2017)
    James Beard Foundation
  • Best International Cookbook (2016)
    James Beard Foundation
  • Four Bells: Superior
    Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
    James Beard Foundation
  • 10 Best New Restaurants
    Esquire magazine
  • 101 Best Restaurants in America
    The Daily Meal
  • 1st Place, Top 50 Restaurants
    Philadelphia magazine

Where I Go Out

At My Venues