Camille Cogswell is the Pastry Chef of Zahav, Philadelphia’s landmark Israeli restaurant from four-time James Beard Award winning chef/owner, Michael Solomonov, and two-time James Beard Award winning restaurateur, Steven Cook, of CookNSolo Restaurants. Last May, Camille was named the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award’s "Rising Star Chef” becoming only the second pastry chef to be given the honor.
Growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, cooking first peaked Camille’s interest in high school when a love of both chemistry and culinary arts led her to discover the magic of science in cooking. After completing an internship at a local bakery, she broadened her pastry experience in Chapel Hill and Portland, Oregon before enrolling in The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. As part of earning her degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, she completed a coveted internship in the pastry kitchen of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Chef Dan Barber's landmark restaurant on an educational farm. Upon graduation, Camille moved to New York City where she honed her skills in Chef Daniel Humm's Michelin-starred restaurant, The NoMad.
In December of 2015, Camille relocated to Philadelphia to lead the pastry program at Zahav. And by June of 2019, Camille will become the Chef at K’Far, Solomonov and Cook's new all-day Israeli bakery and café which will debut after two decades of culinary and cultural discovery.
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