Making Gold Out of Falafel: Israeli-American Restaurateur Is Up for 'Best Chef in U.S.' Award

Besides being a finalist for this top James Beard prize – as well as a few others – Israeli food maven Michael Solomonov has just opened his 10th eatery and is star of a new documentary

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As I passed a multiplex near New York’s Lincoln Center, a familiar face peered out at me from one of the movie posters. Yes, it really was Michael Solomonov, chef of the Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia.