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Michael Voltaggio Works Some Magic with Nexon for E3

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E3 Judges Week is an opportunity to check out some of the games and hardware that will be shown by the biggest companies at E3. Why? So that you actually have time to check everything out (take note Comic Con). Nexon participated in their first ever Judges Week and started off with a bang...and breakfast.Nexon is best known for their free to play online games. We're not talking Tetris, we're talking full-scale video games like MapleStory, Combat Arms, or Dungeon Fighter Online. They are releasing a new MMORPG's, Dragon Nest (expected to release Summer 2011) and a new update for Vindictus. Think the free equivalents of World of Warcraft or Guild Wars. You can check out some of the gameplay for Dragon Nest here and Vindictus here.

Michael Voltaggio, best known for his win on season 6 of Top Chef and his stints at the Bazaar and Langham in Pasadena, teamed up with Nexon to create a themed breakfast based on Dragon Nest. Here are his takes on the typical yogurt and berries and Eggs Benedict. Liquid nitrogen is involved and his infamous microwaved bread also makes an appearance.

The berries and yogurt are presented on a half shell of a dragonfruit (get it?) and the Eggs Benedict are plated to resemble a dragon's nest, with 64 degree eggs, potato strings, black sesame cake, and veal bacon as the dragon meat. If that's what dragon is supposed to taste like, it's easy to understand why they went extinct.

Voltaggio is scheduled to open his restaurant Ink. in July, with one portion of the restaurant dedicated to shared plates and the other dedicated to omakase-style dining where you can watch Voltaggio and his team cook all the dishes up close and personal. You can find updates on their restaurant on their Twitter page @mvinkla.