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Frederick native wins title of 'Top Chef'

December 09, 2009|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE

It's a Voltaggio victory.

Frederick, Md., native Michael Voltaggio, 30, of Los Angeles, was named Top Chef on Wednesday night's sixth season finale of Bravo's "Top Chef: Las Vegas."

Voltaggio, who is chef de cuisine at The Dining Room, Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, out-cooked 16 other contestants, including older brother Bryan, to win the coveted reality show moniker.

Voltaggio and his brother have become fan favorites during season six of "Top Chef" as the competitive brothers battled it out to the finale, which moved from Las Vegas to Napa Valley, Calif.

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Bryan Voltaggio, 33, of Urbana, Md., is co-owner of Volt Restaurant in Frederick, Md..

The Voltaggio brothers, along with Kevin Gillespie, an Atlanta-based chef, were named the finalists.

In addition to the title and bragging rights, Voltaggio won a feature in Food and Wine magazine, $100,000 worth of Macy's merchandise, a showcase at Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., and $125,000 from Glad to further his culinary dreams.

Voltaggio and brother Bryan have already started to cash in on their pop culture popularity tonight as they have launched their Web site, VoltaggioBrothers.com, on which the brothers share their passion for food.

Read in Wednesday's Food section as The Herald-Mail chats with both of the Voltaggio brothers about their "Top Chef" appearance.

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