James Beard Award-wining chef Michael Solomonov is to help set up a culinary school in Israel, which will open in 2021.
Solomonov is the first member of the Israel culinary school advisory board set to open the year after next.
Israeli food is currently enjoying the wide appreciation of professional and customers around the world. Solomonov’s Philadelphia restaurant Zahav was named the Outstanding Restaurant in the United States at this year’s James Beard Awards.
With some much opportunity for Israeli chefs to promote Israeli culture there is a need for an institute to train them up.
“We are seeing a renaissance in Israeli food as American diners embrace the cultural melting pot of cuisines from my home country,” Solomonov said in a statement.
Solomonov is teaming up with Israeli chef Lior Lev Sercarz and the Jewish National Fund to create the Galilee Culinary Institute at Kibbutz Gonen near Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel.
As Isreali food tech is also booming the JNF is also working on a food and technology innovation centre in the city. The institute and centre will cost $29 million to build.
“I always felt bad that young men and women in Israel or the region don’t necessarily have where to go to learn about cooking and culinary studies. There are a few private schools now, which is great, but not at the scale that I would want it to be,” Sercarz said in 2017.