Michael Solomonov Is Cooking Cheesesteaks At Pat’s

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

You may not agree that Pat’s King of Steaks has the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia, but you do have to concede that chef Michael Solomonov’s take on the classic dish is unique—it includes shawarma spice, tehina and pickled peppers—and it sounds delicious.

Well, good news: On October 19th, Pat’s will feature Solomonov in their Guest Chef Series.

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Sylva Senat to Compete on Top Chef

SylvaSenatTop Chef is back for a 14th season and the still-popular Bravo show has plucked another Philadelphia-based chef to compete. Sylva Senat, who came up with Dos Tacos and was the man who opened Tashan on South Broad Street will be competing on this season from Charleston, South Carolina.

Senat’s resume is deep and varied. The Haitian native has cooked across the world including at Aquavit in New York and with Jean Georges’ restaurant at Trump Hotel. He also was chef de cuisine at 66 Leonard Street and Mercer Kitchen.

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Breakfast for Dinner at Dizengoff

Dizengoff hosts Breakfast-for-Dinner book party with Chef John Currence

Dizengoff hosts Breakfast-for-Dinner book party with Chef John Currence

The answer to the insipid interview question: “If you had the opportunity to invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why?” has always been obvious to me. I would invite a Philadelphia chef because a) they’re local, alive, and non–fictional, and therefore might actually show up and b) they could cook for me, so even if I left with a heart full of disappointment, I would at least have a stomach full of something other than coffee and bagels from the café below my apartment.

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Spice Dinner at Abe Fisher

La Boîte Dinner at Abe Fisher

La Boîte Dinner at Abe Fisher

Just over two years ago, Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov invited New York “spice whisperer,” Lior Lev Sercarsz to come down to Philadelphia to collaborate with Percy Street’s Erin O’Shea. The results were spectacular as this post lays out.

On Wednesday, June 15th, Sercarsz, the owner of New York’s famed spice shop, La Boîte, returns to Philadelphia for a night at Abe Fisher. At Abe Fisher, Sercarsz will join with executive chef Yehuda Sichel for a four-course meal that will combine the Eastern European Jewish influences of chef Yehuda’s cooking with the powerful flavors found in La Boîte spices.

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Zahav Wins Book Of The Year At James Beard Awards

Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov | Photo by Kent Miller Studios

Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov | Photo by Kent Miller Studios

Know what that is right there? That’s what victory looks like.

A double victory, actually, as Michael Solomonov’s book Zahav: A World Of Israeli Cooking took home both Best International Cookbook and Book Of The Year at this year’s James Beard Awards

The awards were given out last night and, obviously, Cook and Solomonov were there to accept those medals in person. Unfortunately, they were the only local names to show up during the Broadcast and Journalism awards last night, but that’s cool. It’s not like Philly hasn’t brought back their share of gold over the years.

In the meantime, we reached out to Solomonov’s team and got some of Michael Persico‘s beautiful shots from the book, plus two recipes: one for beets with tehina, and another for shakshouka.

Check ’em all out after the jump.

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Michael Solomonov Is a James Beard Finalist for Outstanding Chef

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Michael Solomonov: Nominated for Outstanding Chef 2016

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2016 awards. Zahav chef and owner Michael Solomonov is a finalist for Outstanding Chef and his cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking was also nominated in the International Cookbook category.

Three Philadelphia chefs made it through to the finals for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. They were Eli Kulp, ForkRich Landau, Vedge;  and Greg Vernick, Vernick Food + Drink.

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Dizengoff NYC Named One of the World’s Most Exciting Restaurant Openings

dizengoff wallpaper 940Bloomberg Business named Dizengoff’s opening in New York’s Chelsea Market as one of the 26 most exciting restaurant openings in the world this spring. The first New York venture of Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook (Zahav, Abe Fisher, Percy Street, Federal Donuts) is hailed as a reason for hummus lovers to rejoice.

The New York City Dizengoff will offer Israeli wines by the glass and shakshuka all day. That’s a treat Philadelphians only get on Sundays ($11 per bowl). Other restaurants in the list range from a French cafe at Versailles to a new casual restaurant in Copenhagen from the team that gave the world Noma, a restaurant praised as the best in the world. Not bad company for a hummusiya.

Rooster Soup Company in the Wall Street Journal

Pastramen soup from a Rooster Soup pop-up

Pastramen soup from a Rooster Soup pop-up

It’s nice to see that the Wall Street Journal has discovered Philadelphia’s dining scene. Just a month after featuring Kensington Quarters, the paper is back with a story on Michael Solomonov, Steve Cook, Broad Street Ministry and Rooster Soup Company. While the charitable background of Rooster Soup will be familiar to Foobooz readers, there are new details about Rooster Soup Company to share.

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CooknSolo Opening a Dizengoff in New York

Cabbage hummus plate at Dizengoff.

Cabbage hummus plate at Dizengoff.

This weekend a tipster alerted Eater NY to a permit for a Dizengoff in New York’s Chelsea Market. CooknSolo principal Steve Cook acknowledged to Michael Klein on Sunday that he and Michael Solomonov were bringing their hummusiya to New York’s Meatpacking District. The market is already home to two Philadelphia exports, Stephen Starr’s Buddakan and Morimoto. The market, which also houses studios for Food Network was once home of another Philadelphia-rooted concept, the short-lived collaboration between Questlove and Starr, Hybird.

Dizengoff is the first but is unlikely to be the last CooknSolo project that heads to New York. In an entertaining interview with Grub Street, Cook and Solomonov say they are also looking to open a New York Federal Donuts. What won’t be heading to New York is a branch of Zahav, which Solomonov says would slay in New York, “but then we’d have to fucking move to New York.”

No opening timeline has been announced.

Blockbuster: Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook Sign a Lease Inside Chelsea Market [Eater]
Dizengoff [Foobooz]

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