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July 8, 2009

Three Maryland contestants on Top Chef

BryanVolt.jpgIf you remember, in an earlier post I wrote about the rumor that Jesse Sandlin, executive chef of Abacrombie, would be a contestant on Bravo's Top Chef. The chefs competing in Season Six, which starts August 26, have just been announced; and indeed she is one of the 17.

What I hadn't heard was that a Maryland restaurant has a second contestant, Bryan Voltaggio of Volt in Frederick. His brother Michael, originally from Frederick and last chef de cuisine at Jose Andres's Bazaar in Los Angeles, is the third Marylander on the show.

Here's the complete list of the contestants:

Ash Fulk, 29 – Hometown: Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Resides in New York City

Ashley Merriman, 32 – Center Sandwich, N.H.; Resides in Seattle, Wash.

Bryan Voltaggio, 33 – Hometown: Frederick, Md.; Resides in Urbana, Md.

Eli Kirshtein, 25 – Hometown/Resides in: Atlanta, Ga.

Eve Aronoff, 40 – Hometown/Resides in: Ann Arbor, Mich.

Hector Santiago, 41 – Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Resides in Atlanta, Ga.

Jennifer Carroll, 33 – Hometown/Resides in: Philadelphia, Pa.

Jennifer Zavala, 31 – Hometown: Cromwell, Conn.; Resides in Philadelphia, Pa.

Jesse Sandlin, 30 – Hometown/Resides in: Baltimore, Md.

Kevin Gillespie, 26 – Hometown/Resides in: Atlanta, Ga.

Laurine Wickett, 38 – Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.; Resides in San Francisco, Calif.

Mattin Noblia, 29 – Hometown: Biarritz, France; Resides in San Francisco, Calif.

Michael Isabella, 34 – Hometown: Little Ferry, N.J.; Resides in Washington, D.C. 

Michael Voltaggio, 30 – Hometown: Frederick, Md.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.

Preeti Mistry, 33 – Hometown/Resides in: San Francisco, Calif.

Robin Leventhal, 43 – Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho; Resides in Seattle, Wash.

Ron Duprat, 40 – Hometown: Mare Rouge, Haiti; Resides in Hollywood, Fla. and Naples, Fla.

(Andre F. Chung/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 12:30 PM | | Comments (17)


2 brothers on the show...interesting. Can't wait!

I love Top Chef. However, I only watch the food tasting part, not the preparation or cooking part.

Hey guys,

Check out the website. It has a nice bio of each of the new contestants.

Dear EL,

Um, which one is the one pictured, and can I marry him? Thanks.

Love, Kate

CantonKate, just place your cursor on the photo and the identity will be revealed. The rest is up to you.

WIN! Dahlink, would you like to toast at the wedding? haha

Jess Sandlin, no longer at abacrombie and has now moved to Australia????? Really???? you might as well call your blog sight The Baltimore Inquirer. Get a life!!!

Where are you seeing that she moved to australia?????????????????????????????? Got enough question marks???????????????????????

The main Baltimore Sun web page links to this posting with the headline "MD flare on 'Top Chef.'" I guess that means all those other listed chefs can't hold a candle to our chefs. Where's a Copy Editor when you need one?

I do hope the Sun didn't mean that the MD chefs were on fire. Literally.

What do you do? Pop off their heads, and strike it against their feet to start them?

I'll definitely have to try the food at Abacrombie before the new season of TC starts. Glad to hear that Jill is at Woodberry now.

I am going to watch at Blue Hill Tavern in Brewers Hill tonight- anyone?

CP Patti, if you're going to shill your blog here you should at least make more of an attempt to actually add something substantive to the discussion here. Tacky!

Not only that, but CP Patti's blog is also trolling for votes for Best Local Blog, Best Baltimore Website, and Best Publication in the 2009 City Paper online poll. Does she think that we in the Sandbox are that disloyal?

The tacky market in the Sandbox has already been corned between Owlie hawking his crab blog and my pushing my wife's blog.

RoCK, you and Owl are regular participants here. That's a lot different than someone just showing up solely to promote their blog or whatever.

Besides, RoCK, Owl Meat is also hawking his Owl Meat Apocrypha blog, so he's got to be twice as tacky as you. ;-)

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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