On his first day back to work at Zahav after winning his James Beard Award, Michael Solomonov sat down for a chat about himself.

Bullet points:

  • Born in Israel, moved to Pittsburgh as a tot, moved back to Israel at 15, hated it and moved back to Pittsburgh, returned to Israel, and so on.
  • Jennifer Carroll, now at 10 Arts, was the meat chef who "kicked my [ass]" at Avenue B years ago.
  • Marc Vetri is like a brother to him.
  • He and wife Mary are expecting a son in July.
  • He keeps the Beard medal in his office, in a crawl space above the restaurant.