Los Angeles-based mostly chef Michael Voltaggio lately donated $10,000 to vegan restaurant Crossroads Kitchen immediately after successful the first spherical of a cooking competitiveness on the Meals Network’s Tournament of Champions. The culinary competition demonstrate provides specialist chefs an option to compete to earn when supporting a cafe of their deciding upon with considerably-desired cash. “I’m actively playing for Crossroads. It’s a plant-centered cafe listed here in Los Angeles,” Voltaggio stated on the show. “The chef there is a pricey close friend of mine, and I really do not want to see these eating places go absent.”
Voltaggio was the winner of the sixth time of the Food items Network’s Top Chef. While he is not vegan, Voltaggio was a guest chef at Crossroads in 2018 and made a 5-study course tasting menu for the cafe that featured his creative plant-dependent can take on usually meat-centric Italian dishes, including a vegan Smoked Beet Osso Bucco.
“It’s been a tricky yr, to say the least, and this indicates the earth to us. Michael has been a terrific mate to Crossroads from day a person and he wrote the introduction to our cookbook. We are particularly grateful,” Crossroads Kitchen area founder Tal Ronnen informed VegNews. “His cafe, ink., was three blocks away when it was open up and we turned superior pals and cooked at many functions with each other, which include Coachella. The $10,000 will aid pay back some payments, together with the new patio we had to make [due to] COVID-19.”
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