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Los Angeles-based chef Michael Voltaggio recently donated $10,000 to vegan restaurant Crossroads Kitchen after winning the first round of a cooking competition on the Food Network’s Tournament of Champions. The culinary competition show gives professional chefs an opportunity to compete to win while supporting a restaurant of their choosing with much-needed funds. “I’m playing for Crossroads. It’s a plant-based restaurant here in Los Angeles,” Voltaggio said on the show. “The chef there is a dear friend of mine, and I don’t want to see these restaurants go away.” 

 

 
 

 
 

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Voltaggio was the winner of the sixth season of the Food Network’s Top Chef. Though he is not vegan, Voltaggio was a guest chef at Crossroads in 2018 and developed a five-course tasting menu for the restaurant that featured his inventive plant-based takes on traditionally meat-centric Italian dishes, including a vegan Smoked Beet…

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