When word broke last week that in advance of opening his much-anticipated (much delayed) restaurant ink (yes, that was an intentional lowercase), Michael Voltaggio would start serving up sandwiches in a little storefront a few doors down, our interest and appetite were piqued. What would the Top Chef winner, known for a love of futuristic culinary techniques and impeccable plating, do with a sandwich shop? We tried all of the sandwiches (and chips, pork rinds, cookies, and Sriracha-spiked melon) on the menu to find out.
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[Photograph: Bravo] The rise of Top Chef's Voltaggio brothers has gotten me thinking about other prominent chef siblings. The stoic, talented BroVos have just launched a blog and in a few post-Top Chef interviews they've mentioned the possibility of working together in the future. Have other chef sibs succeeded in business together? Definitely. Bob and David Kinkead Bob's a well-known chef based in Washington D.C., David in Massachusetts—already they have a 5-year-old Boston restaurant called Sibling Rivalry. Too bad they got their hands on that name before the Voltaggios. Nothing could be more fitting after their intense neck-in-neck competition in Vegas. The Kinkeads' menu concept is interesting: it showcases dueling interpretations of each ingredient. For example, David's duck entree:...