Odds Are Good for a Local "Top Chef"

Bravo's next "Top Chef" could be from Frederick

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009  |  Updated 11:45 AM EDT
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Bryan Voltaggio could be the next "Top Chef."

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For once, we're not gonna tell you about "Real World: D.C.," "The Real Housewives of D.C." or "Blonde Charity Mafia." But you know D.C. will be forever touched (or tainted) by reality TV. And at least "Top Chef" makes us hungry, not huffy.

Two locals have made it to all the way to tonight's finale of "Top Chef." Bryan Voltaggio is chef/co-owner of Volt (228 North Market St., Frederick, Md.). His brother Michael is chef at a Pasadena spot, but the brothers once called Maryland home.

Their sister Staci Rosenberger dished on the guys to Frederick News-Post:

She said the way Bryan and Michael are seen on the show is pretty much who they are. "Bryan is kind of laid-back and quiet, a little shy. Michael likes to take risks, experiment, and he's more out there. Bryan stands back and lets things happen," Rosenberger said.

The Voltaggios are up against Kevin Gillespie of Atlanta, who's won five eliminations and four quickfires -- more than either of the brothers.

Since Season 6 of the show has been set in Vegas, it's only fair to consult a bookie, right?

Oddsmaker Johnny Avello, director of race and sports operations for Wynn Las Vegas, has his money on Kevin with even odds, places Michael at 9-to-5 and Bryan at 7-to-2 odds. But at this stage of the competition, it's still anybody's title to win -- or lose.

Bravo, meanwhile, has diabolical schemes to take over social media, reports Northern Virginia Magazine. Their Ultimate Virtual Viewing Party, which will include real-time tweets by folks from the show.

Local fans will have the chance to live tweet (#TCParty) along with season six finalists Bryan Voltaggio and Kevin Gillespie, as well as judge Toby Young. West Coasters can trade cyber-barbs with finalist Michael Voltaggio and former competitors Ash Fulk and Robin Leventhal.

And food blog Capital Spice is giving away Season 5 DVDs, featuring D.C. chef Carla Hall

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