In 15 seasons of Bravo's Top Chef so far, we've met some of the most brilliant and talented culinary minds out there. But there's only one past Cheftestant who Season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio would never want to go up against in the competition.
Why, it's his very own brother and the runner-up to his Season 6 victory, Bryan Voltaggio, of course. "My brother, for sure," Michael said without hesitation when The Daily Dish asked him which past Cheftestants he'd be most nervous to face on Top Chef. "And that's why it'll never happen because as much as people would love to see Bryan and I compete against each other, and Bryan would like to see us compete against each other, there's only one bad thing that can happen to me if I do that, and that's I could lose, so there's no reason to do it."
Bryan (left) and Michael (right) Voltaggio famously competed against each other in Season 6 of Bravo's Top Chef.
Michael also named Season 8 winner-turned-Top Chef judge Richard Blais as another chef he admires from the competition. "He took that and made a lot out of it, whether it's using it as a platform to communicate with other people, but also taking the responsibility of doing more nonprofit or education, or bringing more people to food or bringing more food to people," he explained. "I think it's a great thing."
(Tune into Top Chef Jr. on Universal Kids, Saturdays at 6/5c, for more Richard Blais and other familiar Top Chef faces.)
Still, Michael said he wouldn't be worried about his chances if he entered the competition again today. "I absolutely think I could win right now," he said. "That's not a question."
Yeah, we're pretty sure he would crush the competition, too.
Watch the Voltaggio brothers make their triumphant return to Top Chef last season in Colorado, below.