Steven Cook

Steven is one of the country's top restaurateurs and the 2016 James Beard Award winner for "Best International Cookbook” and "Book of the Year" for his and business partner Chef Michael Solomonov's first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. Steven Cook is the co-owner of CookNSolo Restaurants, home to some of Philadelphia’s most distinctive culinary concepts. His culinary mark began with Zahav, the pioneering modern Israeli restaurant that puts the diverse cuisine of Israel on the map, and extends to Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Goldie, and the philanthropic luncheonette, The Rooster, which donates 100% of its profits to their non-profit partner, Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative.

Cook is also co-owner of Dizengoff NYC and the recently-opened Federal Donuts and Dizengoff Miami. Son of a rabbi, Cook left his job as an investment banker in New York to return to Philadelphia and pursue a career as a hospitality entrepreneur. He attended the French Culinary Institute and Wharton.

Together, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook wrote Israeli Soul, Federal Donuts, and Zahav. In 2016, Zahav won Best International Cookbook and Book of the Year.

Photo credit: Michael Persico