Top Chef Top 10: Michael Voltaggio
As Top Chef Season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio prepares to open Ink (he spells it "ink.") in Los Angeles and publish his first cookbook, he shares 10 obsessions with F&W's Kate Krader and tells her baking fish in a salt crust is sexy.
"I wear slip-on Vans a lot. I've been traveling so much recently, and they're my airport shoes. They're easy to get on and off when I go through security."
"I only have eight tattoos on my left arm. Jason at Tattoo Lounge in Venice, California, did four of them. He'll end up filling in my whole arm."
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3. Street Art
"When I was looking at spaces for Ink, I got really into street art. But I don't map it out. That makes it more fun when I find something like a Banksy".
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"I'm obsessed. I'm cooking all my sauces in it, I'm cooking seeds and nuts, pretty much anything I can put in there. You get such clean flavor so fast."
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7. Rap & Reggae
"Matisyahu gave one of the better concerts I've seen in my life. He's the Hasidic rapper and reggae artist; his live show was unexpected and crazy."
8. Comfort Food
"I wish I'd learned to play an instrument. There's a piano in the Charlotte, North Carolina, airport, right near the food court. Random people sit down and play and fill the airport with music. I always wish I could just sit down at that piano and start playing."
"I always start with sashimi. Then I ease into nigiri (fish with rice) based on the sashimi I liked best. My best sushi was at Urasawa in L.A."