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VOLT ink. Signed by Michael Voltaggio

VOLT ink. Signed by Michael Voltaggio

Director of Health + Beauty, Wendy Nielsen, thinks reality TV and her iPhone are just as important as air, wants to kick cancer in it’s shins and a huge girlcrush on Gwen Stefani. Twitter: @Wendy_Nielsen

Last weekend, I spent both Saturday and Sunday on the campus of USC in Los Angeles at the 17th Annual LA Times Festival of Books. A book festival? How seriously uncool, right? Wrong. I have always found the LATFoB to be so appealing because it includes authors across all genres and types of books. Saturday’s agenda was jammed packed as there were several writers I had hope to see discuss their new books, including Chef Michael Voltaggio, co-author of  VOLT ink. and winner of the season 8 installment of Bravo TV’s Top Chef.

Chef Michael Voltaggio and his brother Bryan – who also competed during the same season of Top Chef – penned the cookbook VOLT Ink. in 2011. Bryan owns VOLT in Maryland while Michael owns ink. and ink.sack in Los Angeles. Hence VOLT Ink. The brothers have assembled a beautiful book of recipes and family stories coupled with the most amazing photographs I’ve ever seen in a cookbook. Recipes include everything from Bacon Knot Challah, to Mock Oysters, and even what to do with peas and carrots. This is definitely a cook’s cookbook.

On the LATFoB Cooking stage, Michael Voltaggio took to the platform with Cole Dickinson who helps oversee the ink. kitchen. Voltaggio was mostly on the mic while Dickinson helped demo the saffron potato gnocchi with morel mushrooms and fresh peas. Sounds delish, right? I only wish they were giving out samples!

Chef Voltaggio shared his idea that a successful meal comes when “you focus on what you like.” He also talked about his philosophy at the restaurant which is their belief that “food doesn’t need to look like it came from outer space, but should taste like it came from outer space” and says that this is achievable for the home cook as well.

And now The Trend Tribe is thrilled to giveaway a copy of VOLT Ink. signed by Chef Michael Voltaggio!

**THIS CONTEST IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED TO ANY MORE ENTRIES!!! ** To enter for your chance to win, simply “Like” us on Facebook and leave us a comment below letting us know: who would be your fantasy sous chef in the kitchen? All comments must be received no later than Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 5 pm PST. Winners will be notified and announced here on The Trend Tribe, Monday, May 7th, 2012.

– Wendy

Photo credit: Wendy Nielsen and Ed Anderson
Disclosure: While Wendy was on assignment for The Trend Tribe and granted special access throughout the event, this giveaway is in no way affiliated or sponsored by the LA Times Festival of Books, VOLT Ink., Chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio or Bravo TV for Top Chef. 


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With a deep love for fonts and Foo Fighters, Wendy thinks coffee and her iPhone are just as important as air, that cancer sucks and mornings are overrated. @Wendy_Nielsen


  1. My fantasy sous chef would be Jennifer Rubell. She is crazy artistic in the way she approaches food and yet can throw together an easy family dinner too. She blows my mind and truly inspires me. But either of the Voltaggio brothers wouldn’t suck either. 🙂

  2. I’d love to cook with Kevin Gillespie.

  3. this looks gorgeous – my fantasy chef would be Bobby Flay because he would be fun to hang with too

  4. Michael Symon because everything would have Bacon in it!

  5. I can’t pick just one! Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver, Rick Blais, Fabio if he’d ever shut up, Julie Childs if she wasn’t stinky from being dead for so long. Oh, just gimme the dang book… pretty, pretty please! Wait, if I say you, Wendy, I’d like YOU to be my sous chef… does that win me the book?!

  6. Alton Brown. But I’d be too nervous. haha I’d pick Elisa Strauss from Confetti Cakes.

  7. Definitely Curtis Stone! Though Tyler Florence wouldn’t be bad either 😉

    p.s. What a great giveaway!

  8. I think I’d have to go with Alton Brown. Only, I’d probably try to distract him and hope for a cooking/science lesson because for whatever reason, when I watch his show, I love learning about the science behind cooking, even though I usually HATE science.

  9. Is it just me or are the cook brothers hot? You see where my culinary priorities lay.

  10. Duff Goldman, then dessert would be awesome too.

  11. Definitely Anthony Bourdain. We would drink and talk travel. Perfection.

  12. Without a doubt, Rick Bayless!

  13. I wish this cook book would help me in the kitchen!

  14. Hmm that’s a tough one. I guess if I had to pick one it would be Martha Stewart because while’s she helping me in the kitchen, she can also give me some decorating tips!

  15. Mario Batali. The god of Italian cuisine

  16. Fantastic giveaway!

    Alton Brown…or Hannah Hart from My Drunk Kitchen because she’s HILARIOUS. Or…so hard to choose!!

  17. The chef we’d like would def. be Alton Brown

  18. Giada, Pat and Gina Neely or Morimoto. 🙂

  19. Any chef from the food network 😉 Seriously 😉

  20. Great giveaway! I love team Voltaggio. But my dream sous chef? Hard to choose. Hubert Keller, Rick Bayless, Richard Blais, Paul Qui….so many choices!

  21. I would totally want to spend a day in the kitchen with Giada. Of course, she is second choice to my daughter who is an amazing chef.

  22. This is such a tough question and one I haven’t really thought about before. I think I would have to go with someone who I feel like would genuinely want to teach me something, like Bobby Flay or Michael Simon. If we could pick dead people it would be Julia Child for sure. I would say Martha, but she scares me a little bit.

  23. I’d have to say the Voltaggio brothers. Can’t choose just one 🙂

  24. Anthony Bourdain!! I’m a tiny bit obsessed. But I watch Michael & Bryan’s season of Top Chef and loved them both too. What a great giveaway!

  25. totally Jamie Oliver. or maybe Curtis Stone.
    both are hot, I mean hot chefs.

  26. Well, other than Michael Voltaggio, of course, MY fantasy sous chef would be…. Michael Chiarello. I love him!


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