Frederick County chef Bryan Voltaggio missed out on his shot at "Top Chef" redemption Wednesday, losing to California restaurateur Douglas Keane on the season finale of "Top Chef Masters."
Voltaggio was a contestant in season six of Bravo's "Top Chef" where he was bested by his brother, Los Angeles chef Michael Voltaggio. ("Masters" is one of Top Chef's many spin-offs.) This time around, Bryan Voltaggio competed against non-family members and his winnings went to the charity Share Our Strength, which works to end child hunger in the United States. Voltaggio won $20,000 in weekly challenges throughout the season.
This season featured a twist where the master chefs' colleagues or sous-chefs compete as well. Voltaggio was aided by Graeme Ritchie who works at Volt in Frederick. Ritchie won the companion web show "Battle of the Sous-Chefs" and gave Voltaggio an extra $10,000 toward his charity.
But Ritchie's momentum wasn't enough to seal victory for Voltaggio. The judging panel of top food critics loved Voltaggio's dishes -- including a version of Chicken Chesapeake. Yet Keane -- who also edged out Denver chef Jen Jasinski -- was the judges' top choice. Keane's charity, Green Dog Rescue Project, which helps rehabilitate dogs, will receive the $100,000 grand prize.
Known for inventive American cuisine, Voltaggio runs four restaurants in the Baltimore-Washington area including the recently opened Range in Washington.