How Cooking in Conflict Zones Changed LA Chef Michael Voltaggio

Michael Voltaggio is no stranger to television cameras. The Los Angeles-based chef/owner of Ink and InkSack won the sixth season of Top Chef, which involved cooking in a moving train car and over a fire pit among its various challenges. But his latest television project — the upcoming Travel Channel series Breaking Borders — is nothing like Bravo’s reality competition, even though he sometimes found himself cooking in difficult settings. “The challenging aspect of it was very similar, but in Top Chef that was purposely staged to be that way,” he tells Eater. With Breaking Borders, they’re not trying to set me up to fail, they’re not trying to create some weird challenge to go through.” He clarifies: “This is real, it’s not a reality TV show.”More