Season 6 runner-up (to his—ouch—brother) Bryan Voltaggio may be a bit uptight, but that translates to immaculately refined, super-innovative New American food. Two years ago, the Charlie Palmer protégé opened VOLT in a 19th-century mansion, where he serves dishes with unexpected Asian touches (like wasabi whitefish roe) and unusual flavor combinations (like arctic char with white asparagus risotto and rhubarb).
Don’t Miss: Table 21—the changing, 21-course tasting menu that is served in the chef’s kitchen and usually starts with signature prosciutto chips—is worth the yearlong (!) waiting list.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.