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March 22, 2010

Voltaggiowatch, part II

voltaggioBryan Voltaggio fans, please return to the edge of your seats.

The Frederick chef who battled brother Michael 'till the bittersweet end on "Top Chef" is in the middle of another nail-biter.

He's just been named a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards in the Best Chef -- Mid-Atlantic category. 

Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen, who was among 20 semifinalists in that category, did not advance.

Voltaggio, co-owner of the restaurant Volt, is one of five finalists for the award. The others:

Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Va.

Jeff Michaud of Osteria in Philadelphia

Peter Pastan of Obelisk in Washington

Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia

Winners will be announced May 3.

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Posted by Laura Vozzella at 2:01 PM | | Comments (4)


what? No Cindy Wolfe???

FLIRV, Cindy Wolf didn't make the list of semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef -- Mid-Atlantic award in February (as Gorelick reported in his very first Table Talk column when he took it over from EL), so it's hardly a surprise that she didn't become a finalist.

Voltaggio for the win!

He's dreamy, and doesn't seem to have any confusion over his title as co-owner.

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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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