Three Maryland contestants on Top Chef

If you remember, in an earlier post I wrote about the rumor that Jesse Sandlin, executive chef of Abacrombie, would be a contestant on Bravo's Top Chef. The chefs competing in Season Six, which starts August 26, have just been announced; and indeed she is one of the 17.

What I hadn't heard was that a Maryland restaurant has a second contestant, Bryan Voltaggio of Volt in Frederick. His brother Michael, originally from Frederick and last chef de cuisine at Jose Andres's Bazaar in Los Angeles, is the third Marylander on the show.

Here's the complete list of the contestants:


Ash Fulk, 29 – Hometown: Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Resides in New York City

Ashley Merriman, 32 – Center Sandwich, N.H.; Resides in Seattle, Wash.


Bryan Voltaggio, 33 – Hometown: Frederick, Md.; Resides in Urbana, Md.

Eli Kirshtein, 25 – Hometown/Resides in: Atlanta, Ga.

Eve Aronoff, 40 – Hometown/Resides in: Ann Arbor, Mich.

Hector Santiago, 41 – Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Resides in Atlanta, Ga.

Jennifer Carroll, 33 – Hometown/Resides in: Philadelphia, Pa.

Jennifer Zavala, 31 – Hometown: Cromwell, Conn.; Resides in Philadelphia, Pa.

Jesse Sandlin, 30 – Hometown/Resides in: Baltimore, Md.

Kevin Gillespie, 26 – Hometown/Resides in: Atlanta, Ga.

Laurine Wickett, 38 – Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.; Resides in San Francisco, Calif.

Mattin Noblia, 29 – Hometown: Biarritz, France; Resides in San Francisco, Calif.

Michael Isabella, 34 – Hometown: Little Ferry, N.J.; Resides in Washington, D.C.

Michael Voltaggio, 30 – Hometown: Frederick, Md.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.


Preeti Mistry, 33 – Hometown/Resides in: San Francisco, Calif.

Robin Leventhal, 43 – Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho; Resides in Seattle, Wash.

Ron Duprat, 40 – Hometown: Mare Rouge, Haiti; Resides in Hollywood, Fla. and Naples, Fla.

(Andre F. Chung/Sun photographer)

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