WASHINGTON - "Top Chef Masters" returns to the airwaves on Wednesday, July 24 for its fifth season, and D.C. has not just one, but two, chefs representing the area.
Bryan Voltagio of VOLT, Lunchbox and Family Meal in Frederick, Md., and Range in Friendship Heights. is returning to Bravo's competition after being named runner-up on the sixth season of "Top Chef" in 2009.
Voltagio is the show's first chef to compete on both "Top Chef" and "Top Chef Masters."
In addition to winning the coveted title of "Top Chef Master," the show's winner also receives $100,000 for a charity of his/her choice. Voltagio's designated charity is Share our Strength; Sandoval's is C-CAP, or Careers Through Culinary Arts Program.
Voltagio and Sandoval join a growing list of D.C.-based chefs to compete on the show, including Carla Hall of "The Chew" and Alchemy; Spike Mendelsohn of Goof Stuff Eatery and We the Pizza; Mike Isabella of Graffiato, Bandolero, Kapnos and G Sandwich; Bart Vandaele of B Too and Belga Café; Art Smith of Art & Soul; Daniel O'Brien of Seasonal Pantry; Timothy Dean of Timothy Dean Burger; and Jeffrey Jew of The Brixton.
Masa 14, El Centro D.F. and Zengo will host live viewing parties for the premiere. These restaurants will air the show and offer $5 margaritas.
Season five of "Top Chef Masters" premiers Wednesday, July 24 at 10 p.m. EST on Bravo.
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