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Top Chef Michael Voltaggio Named 'Food & Wine' Best New Chef!

The Top Chef Season 6 winner is honored with nine other of the country's best chefs.

We're positively kvelling this morning! Top Chef: Las Vegas winner Michael Voltaggio was named a 2013 Food & Wine Best New Chef, as announced by the magazine.

Since winning Top Chef, Michael opened ink. on Melrose in Los Angeles (some might call him a "Duke of Melrose" in his own right), and ink.sack. If you've never been, it's a must-visit for any L.A. trip and its shareable small dishes are great for a group. (It doesn't hurt that the cocktails are delicious too.)

But I digress...

Michael reveals to Food & Wine about how he got started in the business, giving thanks to older brother, and Season 6 finalist, Bryan Voltaggio: “My first job was bussing tables at the local Holiday Inn where my brother was a sous-chef. I spent some time chopping vegetables, and one day my brother told me to come in the next day in a chef uniform. When I came in the executive chef started yelling at me, ‘What is this, Halloween?’ But in the end I got to cook.”


This is a big year for Top Chefs in the Food & Wine competition. Four of Michael's contemporaries were nominated for People's Best New Chef, with Season 4's Dale Talde winning in the New York region.

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