What’s Next For “Top Chef” Winner Michael Voltaggio?

Posted by Sharon on Jun 24

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Current "Top Chef" champion Michael Voltaggio will soon be out of a job. July 17 is his last day at the Dining Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, where he's been for the last year. It's given him plenty of time to determine his next career move -- and this time, he has his sights set on a new restaurant to call his very own.

Ultimately, Michael wants to leave Pasadena and head back to L.A. "I love L.A.," he says, "and think it's the most exciting food city to be in right now. I'll be looking in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, places with a lot of foot traffic."

He doesn't want his new restaurant concept to be too similar to Jose Andres' Bazaar, which was Michael's home before the Dining Room, but instead will attempt to reach a wider audience. "I want to make fine dining food more accessible to more people. I want to get past the whole pretension of it."

And he's not looking for co-partners in his venture, either -- not even his brother, Bryan Voltaggio, who made it to the finals with him on "Top Chef" Season 6. Currently, Bryan owns and runs his own restaurant Volt in Maryland. "I'll definitely look to him for advice," says Michael. "He'll be a mentor, but not a partner. I want to be the reason that I succeed or fail."

His ideal restaurant would be open for only 5 days a week, but he wants to be there on each of those nights taking charge in the kitchen and being personally responsible for the cuisine. He says, "I want people to sense it was my hands making the food."

Source: Brand X Daily

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