All of you “Top Chef” fans out there have probably seen the season premiere already. If you have, you noticed something rather unusual: Two men are vying for the title this season who are brothers! Their names are Bryan and Michael Voltaggio
Bryan is Executive Chef/Partner at Volt, a restaurant in Frederick, MD.; Michael is Chef de Cuisine at The Dining Room, Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Los Angeles, CA. There’s already a nice brotherly rivalry bubbling between them, so it ought to be interesting to see how that plays out. Read more about them on their biographies on the Bravo Web site.
Why should you care specifically about these guys? Because Bryan Voltaggio sources some of his ingredients from our neck of the woods. He buys lamb from Border Springs Farm in Patrick Springs, Va. Farmer Craig Rogers is pretty excited that one of his buyers is on the popular Bravo television show. Rogers says Bryan Voltaggio also buys from EcoFriendly Foods in Moneta, Va. That wouldn’t surprise me since EcoFriendly supplies a lot of fancy, big city restaurants on the East Coast, particularly in New York. But Volt is not listed on their Web site.
A new episode of Top Chef airs tonight on Bravo at 10 p.m. If you’re watching, let me know what you think of the V-boys and the rest of the contestants. Oh, sorry, “cheftestants.”
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