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Top Chef, Season 6 Winner Michael Voltaggio

Top Chef, Season 6 Winner Michael Voltaggio

Volte-face from one of the Voltaggio brothers

by Alain Gayot


A sports recruiter standing on the sidelines can pick out a young athlete and get a feel for his potential performance and ensuing achievements. Meeting Michael Voltaggio was a bit like that. Instantly, we felt that his performance would deliver continued success in his culinary career. He is a tremendous creative asset for any kitchen, and his food is something you look forward to eating time and again even if not all the dishes are successful one hundred percent of the time.

What is more astonishing is that, unlike his well-trained Top Chef competitor brother Bryan (VOLT Restaurant), he is self-made. Working hard and thinking about the next dish is what’s buzzing in his head and it even moves faster than that: on a given evening, restaurant patrons who arrived later would get a differently tuned rendition of a Voltaggio dish than those who came earlier, as he is constantly creating and improving. He landed in Los Angeles at The Bazaar from the Greenbrier and quickly was swept up by The Langham in, out of all places, Pasadena. The Dining Room has a very old feel and the stuffy room simply does not match his food. Plans for a very modern establishment were drawn and the excitement grew. Then came delays and now Michael flies the coop. We believe location is at the heart of the matter. Sadly, despite his talents, making Pasadena a culinary mecca was not going to happen. Please stay tuned to find out where his modern, sometimes molecular and colorful food will appear again.
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Michael Voltaggio opened ink. and ink.sack in Los Angeles in 2011.
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  1. […] Chicas: The Bazaar by José Andrés Steven Fretz: XIV Llan Hall: The Gorbals Michael Voltaggio: Voltaggio Brothers    And speaking of food, four passed appetizers accompanied by Moet & Chandon Champagne […]

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