Voltaggiowatch, part II
Bryan 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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