Known as one of Philadelphia’s top hospitality entrepreneurs, Steven Cook is the co-owner of Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue, and Federal Donuts, together with Michael Solomonov. Cook’s distinctive restaurants have received a lion’s share of national and local publicity. In 2012, Food & Wine magazine named Cook and his business partner, Chef Michael Solomonov, among the country’s top “Empire Builders,” admiring their devotion “to reinventing overlooked cuisines.” Prior to starting Cook + Solo, Cook was the owner and executive chef at West Philadelphia’s beloved Marigold Kitchen, where he first partnered with Chef Solomonov. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and the French Culinary Institute, and left a job as an investment banker in New York City to return to his Philadelphia roots and pursue a career as a restaurateur. Today, he is counted among the city’s most successful.