Food & Wine names Michael Voltaggio of L.A.s ink. a best new chef

Food & Wine magazine has announced its picks for best new chefs of 2013, and Los Angeles-based Michael Voltaggio of ink. is among the winners.

According to the Food & Wine website, Voltaggio was honored “because his modernist cuisine pushes boundaries — he’ll serve octopus over buttered-popcorn puree — but it is still delicious.”


PHOTOS: Michael Voltaggio’s ink.

Voltaggio isn’t exactly new to the food scene in Los Angeles, but to be eligible, chefs must be in charge of a kitchen for five or fewer years.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Michael Voltaggio’s ink.

For the last 25 years, Food & Wine magazine has honored up-and-coming culinary talent with its Best New Chefs Awards. This year’s winners will be honored at a dinner at Pranna in New York on Tuesday. The full list of winners:


--Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food, New York
--Justin Cogley, Aubergine, Carmel, Calif.
--José Enrique, José Enrique, San Juan, Puerto Rico
--Matthew Gaudet, West Bridge, Boston
--Jamie Malone, Sea Change, Minneapolis
--Chris Shepherd, Underbelly, Houston
--Alex Stupak, Empellón Cocina, New York
--Andy Ticer & Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis, Tenn.
--Jason Vincent, Nightwood, Chicago
--Michael Voltaggio, ink., Los Angeles
--Brendan McGill (People’s Choice winner), Hitchcock, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Past best new chefs winners include Michael Symon of Lola, Wylie Dufrensne of WD-50, Grant Achatz of Alinea, Scott Conant of Scarpetta restaurants, April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig and Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen, all of whom will prepare dishes for Tuesday’s awards dinner.



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