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'Top Chef' Voltaggio's High-Voltage Food Delivers a Jolt to the Langham's Dining Room

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There might be models of ships ensconced in the walls of the Langham's Dining Room restaurant that reflect a bygone era, but there's a young tattooed man on the cutting edge of cuisine in the kitchen. His name is Michael Voltaggio, and he arrived at the beautiful historic hotel in Pasadena just this July, following a year working as Executive Chef of The Bazaar by Jose Andres in Beverly Hills. Tonight, he'll be in your living room (or bedroom, perhaps)--no, he's not making house calls, he happens to be (along with his older brother, Bryan) a contestant on Bravo's 6th season of Top Chef.

Right between the debut of Voltaggio's innovative and out-with-the-old menu at the Dining Room and the premiere of Top Chef, the Langham hosted media dinners to showcase the food that they hope will brighten the already impressive star-quality of the restaurant. And by star-quality we mean that the Langham can boast not only a 30-year-old "cheftestant" dynamo, but also the only hotel-operated restaurant in L.A. with a coveted Michelin star among its accolades.