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The Voltaggio Brothers Take On: Thanksgiving For the Cooking Channel!


Bryan & Michael Voltaggio (All Photos Except This One By Anne Raso)

Handsome and talented brothers sporting as many tattoos as members of Motley Crue, Chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio first gained national recognition as contestants on Bravo TV’s Top Chef: Las Vegas – my personal favorite season of Top Chef to date. Out of four very charismatic finalists, the competition ended with Michael taking home the title of Top Chef and Bryan finishing a close second to his brother. Sibling rivalry, not kidding! While I confess that I was a total Bryan fan – cheering for him to pull off a victory – it cannot be denied that Michael was a deserving champion. Because let’s face it, these guys can cook.

Already accomplished chefs and noted restaurateurs before appearing on Top Chef, the Brothers Voltaggio are now bona fide culinary Rock Stars, having just released a massive, coffee-table-sized recipe book, Volt Ink, and entering into a partnership with Williams Sonoma to promote their products. The Volts are also set to debut their first TV special, Voltaggios Take On: Thanksgiving, premiering November 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM on the Cooking Channel.


Bryan V Signs a Copy of Volt Ink for a Fan

The Voltaggios were in NYC last evening to host a book signing at the Williams Sonoma store in Columbus Circle, which was followed by a private party to celebrate the book, the Cooking Channel special, and the Voltaggio’s staggering degree of awesomeness in general. While sampling selections featured in the special’s holiday menu (bites of roast turkey, sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon, chestnut dressing and a delectable pumpkin cheesecake garnished with fresh orange that was just insane) partiers were treated to a brief preview of the special, which is lots of fun and entertaining as well as educational. Voltaggios Take On: Thanksgiving finds chefs Bryan and Michael putting their unique twist on classic recipes that reveal their secrets for creating an impressively delicious meal. Packed with survival tips to get you through America’s toughest culinary challenge, this hour-long special is sure to inspire. Voltaggios Take On: Thanksgiving is the ultimate modern twist on our favorite holiday feast. I will be watching it for sure!


Michael V and Gail

It was great to get the chance to meet both Michael and Bryan at the party and to speak with them briefly. They are both super friendly, and they genuinely seem to really love their fans. Thanks to Williams Sonoma for throwing such a fun bash and also for the gift bag which contained a T Shirt emblazoned with the words “Food Person” (yes) and a potato ricer, the tool with which the Volts make their famous creamy mashed potatoes. Be sure to tune in to Voltaggios Take On: Thanksgiving, on Sunday, November 6th at 8:00 PM on the Cooking Channel (check your local listings for broadcast information) to see the potato ricer in action!

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Let Us Be Thankful

Today, I hope you are thinking of all of the blessings you have in your life, rather than complaining about little, stupid things – like the Post Awful losing a shipment of rad new clothes that in more convenient circumstances you would be wearing right now – that aren’t important and will surely pass. I know that I would like to thank my friend Jana for inviting me to have Thanksgiving feast with her family so that I can get even fatter than I am. Thank you Jana, and god bless us all.

A Day Of Thanks: A Top Ten List

Jon Lovitz as Satan
“Even Satan has Reasons to Be Thankful”

Top Ten Things I am Thankful for Today
1. Slept in until 7:45 AM!
2. Heat on in the Chickpad
3. Having a “Good hair day”
4. Have some time to transcribe part of the 90 minute phone interview I did last night.
5. Don’t have to take the subway today.
6. Received three nice comments on Myspace.
7. Barbara is cooking Thanksgiving dinner for me and all I have to do is pay for half the groceries (read: leftovers coming home with me).
8. Survivor on tonight!
9. About to toast an English muffin for breakfast.
10. Only 10 or so “Tamiflu” SPAM posts to delete in my Guestbook today!