If anyone is aware of something about sibling rivalry, it’s the Voltaggio brothers.
The Frederick-born brothers and cooks Bryan and Michael Voltaggio’s new present “Battle of the Brothers” premiered on Discovery+ on June 17. 8 of the nation’s most promising chefs will fight it out above six episodes, for a essential to one particular of the Voltaggio brothers’ dining places for a visitor-chef takeover.
The exhibit begins with Bryan and Michael supplying contestants a problem to gauge their capabilities — from knife techniques to creativity to technicality. With what they see in the kitchen, the brothers choose which chef they want on their crew. Remaining the more mature brother by two years, Bryan obtained the first pick.
“This is how we used to do it actively playing kickball expanding up,” Bryan claimed ahead of producing his very first decide on in the first episode.
Right after teams are picked, episodes operate in two elements. In the to start with 50 percent of each individual episode, teams are presented a problem to cook. When the time is up, not only do the brothers and a visitor choose flavor their dishes, but the chefs’ teammates taste them as nicely. Based on the tasting, the groups vote for who they believe that has the weakest plate and, therefore, up for elimination.
That’s when the brothers place on their aprons and sharpen their knives to cook dinner along with their mentee to try out to generate the greatest dish to help you save them from the chopping block.
“They’re just so outstanding,” Bryan stated of the chefs featured on the demonstrate. “Their personalities are incredible, and their expertise is just really inspiring.”
This is not the first time the brothers have identified themselves pitted versus every single other.
Both brothers competed in season 6 of “Top Chef,” with Michael in the end dealing with off and beating his brother in a last spherical to earn the time. The duo are not strangers to the tense competition that arrives with the match, but it doesn’t cease the brothers from poking exciting at just about every other.
When Bryan was tasting a dish from a chef in Michael’s staff, he commenced indicating that he didn’t know what to say due to the fact it was so superior. Michael slash him off and playfully instructed him, “Good, then shut up!”
In yet another occasion, Bryan toyed with Michael his meager rabbit cuts — “Just six? That is it?” — though Bryan and his mentee had multiple cuts and dishes of duck heading on at the exact time.
But at the conclude of the day, they are even now their finest supporters, Bryan explained.
“I imagine it is a healthful rivalry. We push each individual other to make each other much better, so which is the place it all truly comes from,” Bryan explained. “We care more than enough about every single other that we want the other to realize success.”
Bryan and Michael grew up in Frederick. Bryan got his cooking commence at age 15 at the cafe at the Vacation Inn. Michael very first put on his apron in the identical restaurant wherever Bryan was a sous chef. Michael was just a busboy. Bryan told Michael to occur in the subsequent day dressed as a cook. When Michael confirmed up the upcoming day in his apron, the govt chef, unaware of the unofficial marketing, experienced a incredibly unique response.
“The government chef appears to be like at me straight in my deal with and goes, ‘What is this, Halloween?’” Michael recollects in Episode 1 of “Battle of the Brothers.”
From there, the brothers set off their culinary careers. Bryan went on to review at The Culinary Institute of The us and was mentored by chef Charlie Palmer. He traveled to prepare dinner in New York but in the end came again to the Washington, D.C., area and opened a pair dining places, including his flagship cafe Volt and, a lot more a short while ago, Thacher&Rye on North Marketplace Street in downtown Frederick.
Michael begun at the prestigious Greenbrier Culinary Apprenticeship Plan with an apprenticeship below Chef Peter Timmins. He later commenced cooking in numerous dining places all-around the entire world right up until he settled on the West Coastline and opened his personal restaurant, Sack Sandwiches, in L.A., in which he at this time resides.
The two have also opened two other dining establishments alongside one another: Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse and Estuary, the latter of which is quickly closed. Their restaurants have won various James Beard, foods and wine, and Michelin star awards.
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