Steven Cook

Meet the International Culinary Center alum.

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, Rooster Soup Company, which donates 100% of its profits to their non-profit partner, Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative. Cook is also co-owner of Dizengoff NYC, Merkaz–an Israeli sandwich shop, and Laser Wolf– an Israeli mixed grill restaurant. Prior to founding CookNSolo, Cook left his job as an investment banker in New York to return to Philadelphia and pursue a career as a hospitality entrepreneur, graduating from the International Culinary Center (formerly The French Culinary Institute) in 2000. Steven is the 2018 recipient of ICC’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.

Steven Cook graduated from the International Culinary Center (ICC), founded as The French Culinary Institute (FCI). In 2020, ICE and ICC came together on one strong and dynamic national platform at ICE's campuses in New York City and Los Angeles. ICC’s culinary education legacy lives on at ICE, where you can explore your own future in food.

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