'Top Chef' Postmortem: Michael's Ego, Future Plans, and Picking on Bryan
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
For Michael Voltaggio, it wasn't shameless arrogance, but confidence that won him Top Chef.

"Throughout the competition, I wasn't thinking I had the win but that I was certainly a contender to win the competition," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "I felt that about my food throughout the competition, I always thought, my food looks so good."

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What about his comments that he can make Kevin's dishes on his day off? Michael adds that it's but a strategy in a competition like Top Chef, and the bottom line is, food is subjective and it appeals to different people.

"Kevin's food is phenomenal," he backtracks. "I've had a chance to eat a couple of his dishes... His food is great and there's a place for his food. His food is different than mine."

For now, the 30-year-old along with his brother and runner-up plan to launch a website - VoltaggioBrothers.com - as a platform for their future projects, which can include restaurants or books. In the mean time, he's still with the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa.

For those who've seen this season's Top Chef, the collaboration is weird since the brothers seem to always go off on each other all the time, except after the winner was announced and the brothers hugged, with Michael even shedding a tear and telling Padma, "Here's the emotion you were looking for" or something.

"Do I pick on Bryan like that?" he asked. "Yeah, absolutely. I've done that my entire life. I think the place it all sparks from is the fact that we had the same friends growing up."

At the end of the day, Michael admits that they both "made each other better" precisely because of the sibling rivalry all the way from their childhood - "It just happens to be in the kitchen in front of three million people on a television screen."

Source: Entertainment Weekly
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