Chef Michael Solomonov Designated An “Empire Builder” By Food & Wine

The James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov has a new moniker: Empire Builder. (Photo by M. Persico courtesy Zahav)

It’s a chef… it’s a restaurateur… it’s a culinary entrepreneur… nope, it’s a 2012 “Empire Builder” and his name is Michael Solomonov.

In the just-out December issue of Food & Wine, a feature article names just 10 of the country’s most “extraordinary, prolific chef-restaurateurs,” and our very own Solo is one of them.

The point of the article is to celebrate some of the movers and shakers of the restaurant industry for their creativity, courage and talent inside and outside the kitchen.

Why did Chef Michael Solomonov make the cut? As the piece puts it, “Solomonov is devoted to reinventing overlooked cuisines (Israeli, Eastern European) and making American classics, like fried chicken and doughnuts, even better with exotic spices and chef-y techniques.”

The past few months alone have been action-packed or him, with the opening of a second Federal Donuts outpost and the unveiling of the brand new Citron and Rose, a glatt kosher restaurant and catering company in Merion on the Main Line.

We’re incredibly proud to call Chef Solomonov Philadelphia’s own, and can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve.

The article isn’t available yet online, so if you can’t get your hands on the print edition of the December issue, you’ll have to satisfy yourself with this delicious recipe Solo provided the magazine for its November issue. We know, the man doesn’t sleep.

Salmon in Charmoula with Risotto-Style Israeli Couscous by Chef Michael Solomonov [Food & Wine]


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