Top Chef season 6 champ Michael Voltaggio will soon be returning to a TV near you. His new Travel Channel series, Breaking Borders will premiere on Sunday, March 15.
Joined by journalist Mariana van Zeller, Michael will be traveling to places around the world embroiled in conflict. The two will then open up the conversation to both sides, while Michael will also be exploring the culinary traditions of the regions they visit.
"For each location, I arrived with just my bag of knives and a vague idea of some of the most traditional foods from the region," he told The Wrap. "I started from scratch buying every ingredient on the ground and constructing my interpretation of the local cuisine. I put 100 percent of myself into cooking every meal. It was an honor to sit at the table and hear the stories."
The series will have 13 one-hour episodes, with the pair traveling to locales including Arizona/Mexico, Cambodia, Cuba, Kashmir, Myanmar/Burma, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Belfast, Cairo, Cyprus, Beirut/Tripoli and Sarajevo. The debut episode will find Michael and Mariana in Israel and Palestine "to take a closer look at the mother of all conflicts."
"It's amazing how people talk more freely around a dinner table. Food always unites, even where war divides," Mariana added. "What we found at the center of each of these conflicts are people with their own truths to tell. The series is a wild ride, rich with stories of war, food, tears, laughter, fear, bravery and survival."