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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
While Bryan Voltaggio was making headlines with plans to open a restaurant in Baltimore, his brother Michael was kicking around some news himself. The Frederick native and Top Chef winner has teamed up with OTZ shoes to create a line of footwear for chefs called "Culinary Brigade. " According to Zappos.com , this is "one comfortable sneak that will have you raring to go for any adventure. " If the promotional video featuring Michael Voltaggio is a guide, "any adventure" includes sauteeing, drizzling sauces, stepping into a walk-in freezer and flexing your buff and beautifully tattooed arms.
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February 19, 2014
While Bryan Voltaggio was making headlines with plans to open a restaurant in Baltimore, his brother Michael was kicking around some news himself. The Frederick native and Top Chef winner has teamed up with OTZ shoes to create a line of footwear for chefs called "Culinary Brigade. " According to Zappos.com, this is "one comfortable sneak that will have you raring to go for any adventure. " If the promotional video featuring Michael Voltaggio is a guide, "any adventure" includes sauteeing, drizzling sauces, stepping into a walk-in freezer and flexing your buff and beautifully tattooed arms.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
Michael Voltaggio certainly knows his way around a kitchen but the idea of playing a chef on TV seems to be tilting his toque. The Maryland-born "Top Chef" winner has been on Twitter, talking about an upcoming cameo on the TV show"The Exes" where he promises to "be cooking up some comedy. " Voltaggio, who usually seems quite cool, even in the heat of the kitchen, says he's got the jitters about acting. "Is playing 'yourself' on TV considered acting? Somebody else does write what you say," he said on Twitter.
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By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
If the falling leaves, shorter days and the return of traffic jams on the JFX have you pining for those lost, carefree days of summer, we commiserate — especially after we tried to drown our end-of-summer blues in a sunny strawberries-and-creme Frappuccino only to discover it had been replaced with a dead leaf-colored, pumpkin-spiced concoction. But rather than get your Halloween witch-face on prematurely, perhaps it's better to take the make-lemonade approach and begin planning your travels for next summer.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2012
Michael Voltaggio is letting his fans pretend that one of his recipes is their own. Priceless, right? Through a promotion with AT&T called "Gifts That Money Can't Buy," the celebrity chef and "Top Chef" champ, raised in Frederick, has agreed to let people send an e-card featuring one of his recipes. The Voltaggio recipe is just one option people can choose from. There's a joke from comedian Richard Lewis, a fashion top from Joan Rivers, a guitar solo from Richie Sambora and a longing look from Luke Perry.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
Bryan Voltaggio will host his third annual benefit dinner to fight childhood hunger on Sept. 13 at Volt, his flagship Frederick restaurant. Joining him this time will be brother Michael Voltaggio, his onetime  "Top Chef" competitor and now the chef at Ink in Los Angeles, and Matt Orlando, chef de cuisine at Noma in Copenhagen. This is a big-ticket item. Tickets are $750 per person. There are also Chef's Kitchen seats available for $1,250 and at Table 21 for $2,000. It's all to benefit Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry , a national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger.
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By Laura Vozzella | laura.vozzella@baltsun.com | November 25, 2009
Two brothers from Frederick overcame underdone lamb and an errant salmon bone to advance to the "Top Chef" finals. Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are among four chefs still in the running as Bravo's reality cooking show moves from Las Vegas to California's Napa Valley on Dec. 2. "I just jumped up and said, 'Yes! The brothers are in,' " said Lucinda Weimer of Frederick, one of many hometown fans rooting for the Voltaggios. The competition began with 17 chefs, and each week one has been told to pack his or her knives and go home.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2011
When the doctor's office receptionist summons her, when she flashes her credit card at the grocery store, when she leaves a phone message — the reaction to her last name these days is always the same. Voltaggio? "They say, 'Are you …?' And we say yes," says Bobbie Voltaggio, aunt of chefs Bryan and Michael, whose 2009 appearance on "Top Chef" made the Italian word for "voltage" a household name far beyond the close-knit Frederick area where she lives and her nephews grew up. "As soon as they see the last name, we know what they want to know.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | September 25, 2013
Frederick County chef Bryan Voltaggio missed out on his shot at "Top Chef" redemption Wednesday, losing to California restaurateur Douglas Keane on the season finale of "Top Chef Masters. " Voltaggio was a contestant in season six of Bravo's "Top Chef" where he was bested by his brother, Los Angeles chef Michael Voltaggio. ("Masters" is one of Top Chef's many spin-offs.) This time around, Bryan Voltaggio competed against non-family members and his winnings went to the charity Share Our Strength, which works to end child hunger in the United States . Voltaggio won $20,000 in weekly challenges throughout the season.  This season featured a twist where the master chefs' colleagues or sous-chefs compete as well.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella , laura.vozzella@baltsun.com | December 6, 2009
No extra pressure, Bryan Voltaggio, but there's more than culinary glory, sibling rivalry and gobs of cash riding on your next (and final) performance on "Top Chef." Add Frederick County's bond rating to the mix. On Wednesday night, the Bravo reality cooking show's finale airs with the three remaining competitors: Voltaggio, his brother, Michael Voltaggio, and chef Kevin Gillespie of Atlanta. The next morning, the county's economic development honcho begins two days of meetings with New York City bond-rating agencies.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | September 25, 2013
Frederick County chef Bryan Voltaggio missed out on his shot at "Top Chef" redemption Wednesday, losing to California restaurateur Douglas Keane on the season finale of "Top Chef Masters. " Voltaggio was a contestant in season six of Bravo's "Top Chef" where he was bested by his brother, Los Angeles chef Michael Voltaggio. ("Masters" is one of Top Chef's many spin-offs.) This time around, Bryan Voltaggio competed against non-family members and his winnings went to the charity Share Our Strength, which works to end child hunger in the United States . Voltaggio won $20,000 in weekly challenges throughout the season.  This season featured a twist where the master chefs' colleagues or sous-chefs compete as well.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2012
Michael Voltaggio is letting his fans pretend that one of his recipes is their own. Priceless, right? Through a promotion with AT&T called "Gifts That Money Can't Buy," the celebrity chef and "Top Chef" champ, raised in Frederick, has agreed to let people send an e-card featuring one of his recipes. The Voltaggio recipe is just one option people can choose from. There's a joke from comedian Richard Lewis, a fashion top from Joan Rivers, a guitar solo from Richie Sambora and a longing look from Luke Perry.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
Anthony Bourdain is returning to the Hippodrome on Nov. 17. Bourdain, chef-at-large at New York's famed Brasserie Les Halles, is the author of best-sellers "Kitchen Confidential" and "Medium Raw" - blunt and sometimes shocking portraits of life in restaurant kitchens. Bourdain launched the Hippodrome 's annual Foodie Experience series in May 2010, when he shared the theater's stage with his friend, Eric Ripert. At that appearance, Bourdain made peace with the Baltimore audience, expressing regret for the disparaging comments made about Baltimore in "Kitchen Confidential" ("I was an ignorant, pathetic junkie")
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
Bryan Voltaggio will host his third annual benefit dinner to fight childhood hunger on Sept. 13 at Volt, his flagship Frederick restaurant. Joining him this time will be brother Michael Voltaggio, his onetime  "Top Chef" competitor and now the chef at Ink in Los Angeles, and Matt Orlando, chef de cuisine at Noma in Copenhagen. This is a big-ticket item. Tickets are $750 per person. There are also Chef's Kitchen seats available for $1,250 and at Table 21 for $2,000. It's all to benefit Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry , a national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
Michael Voltaggio certainly knows his way around a kitchen but the idea of playing a chef on TV seems to be tilting his toque. The Maryland-born "Top Chef" winner has been on Twitter, talking about an upcoming cameo on the TV show"The Exes" where he promises to "be cooking up some comedy. " Voltaggio, who usually seems quite cool, even in the heat of the kitchen, says he's got the jitters about acting. "Is playing 'yourself' on TV considered acting? Somebody else does write what you say," he said on Twitter.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2011
This December, Bryan Voltaggio will open a new lunch-only eatery in Frederick, five blocks from Volt, his flagship restaurant, Volt. Its name is Lunchbox. Located on Frederick's Carroll Creek Promenade, at 50 Carroll Creek Way, adjacent to the Frederick County Library, Lunchbox is intended as a "stop for parents to grab a nutritious lunch for the kids" and a place for Frederick's professionals to grab something on the go. Just last week Volt announced the elimination of its lunch service along with the expansion of its dinner service.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2011
When the doctor's office receptionist summons her, when she flashes her credit card at the grocery store, when she leaves a phone message — the reaction to her last name these days is always the same. Voltaggio? "They say, 'Are you …?' And we say yes," says Bobbie Voltaggio, aunt of chefs Bryan and Michael, whose 2009 appearance on "Top Chef" made the Italian word for "voltage" a household name far beyond the close-knit Frederick area where she lives and her nephews grew up. "As soon as they see the last name, we know what they want to know.
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