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Langham's Dining Room Preps for New 'Top' Chef's Menu

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Voltaggio, Top Chef style
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The Dining Room is the fine dining restaurant located within the The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa. Not only are they a great "special occasion" dinner destination, but they can boast something pretty unique: A one-star rating from the coveted Michelin Guide (it's the only hotel-run restaurant in Los Angeles with one). Now the restaurant is prepping for their new Chef de Cuisine's menu, which will debut on July 31st.Michael Voltaggio, the new man in charge in The Dining Room's kitchen, came to the Langham earlier this month following the departure of Chef Craig Strong. The 30-year-old Voltaggio spent a year as Executive Chef of The Bazaar by José Andrés at The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. And, he'll show up in your house, too--well, if you tune into the upcoming 6th season of Bravo's foodreality hit Top Chef, as he is one of the show's competitors for the title.

Voltaggio's menu will "present familiar food in innovative ways, focusing on new American cuisine prepared using classic discipline and modern trends," according to a press release. The menu "will utilize the bounty of seasonal produce that California offers while showcasing the best quality seafood, meats and artisan ingredients available both domestically and from around the globe. [Voltaggio's] philosophy is to primarily focus on ingredients and flavor profiles, complementing them with strong technique and precise execution." Having enjoyed Strong's wonderful dishes and the spot-on service at The Dining Room last year, Voltaggio and The Dining Room staff are poised to live up to, and continue to deliver, the high standard of quality they are known for. In order to gear up for the new menu, the restaurant will close from July 28-30. The menu will run for the rest of 2009; The Dining Room will undergo renovation in 2010.