Yehuda Sichel is the Executive Chef/Partner of Abe Fisher in Philadelphia. A restaurant from partners Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook of CookNSolo restaurants, Abe Fisher is inspired by the journey of the Jewish people from their ancestral homeland to the Diaspora.
Born in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Chef Sichel is a graduate of the Jerusalem School of Kosher Culinary Arts in Israel. Upon his arrival back to the States, he spent time in the kitchen of Grace restaurant in Los Angeles before returning to Philadelphia to work under legendary Chef George Perrier at Brasserie Perrier.
In 2010, Chef Sichel came to work for Chef Michael Solomonov at CookNSolo’s groundbreaking modern Israeli restaurant Zahav. Sichel quickly rose to the rank of sous chef, becoming Solomonov’s kitchen confidant for the next several years.
In September 2014, Chef Sichel began making his own culinary mark at the helm of Abe Fisher. Every evening, Chef Sichel executes a menu that speaks to the Jews movement across Europe throughout the Middle Ages – to Germany and Poland, France and Spain and beyond – paying homage to centuries of tradition (Montreal Smoked Short Ribs), while embracing the idea that cultural exchange places cuisine in a continuous state of evolution (Hungarian Duck, Chinatown-style).
Abe Fisher has earned a 3-bell review from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Inquirer food critic, Craig LaBan, named Chef’s Montreal Short Rib dish his “Feast of The Year” in 2014. Abe Fisher was named “Best New Restaurant” in the January 2015 issue of Travel + Leisure, and the restaurant earned a semifinalist nomination in the 2015 James Beard Award’s “Best New Restaurant” category.