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May 5, 2017  RSS feed
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Israeli-born chef wins cooking’s top ‘Oscar’

(JTA) – Israeli-born restaurateur Michael Solomonov was named outstanding chef – the top award in the profession – at the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary world’s equivalent of the Academy Awards.

Solomonov, whose Philadelphia restaurant fiefdom includes Zahav, Federal Donuts and Abe Fisher, is often credited with spreading the popularity of Israeli, Sephardicstyle food in America and around the world. He is the author of Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

He moved from Israel to Pittsburgh as a child, but returned as a teenager for a short time. His younger brother, David, was killed on Yom Kippur 2003 while serving in the Israeli army. In a recent documentary, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, Solomonov noted that after his brother’s death, he became more interested in cooking foods that reflected his Israeli heritage, moving away from his classical European training.

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