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Michael Voltaggio replaces Craig Strong as chef de cuisine of the Dining Room at the Langham

Michael-Voltaggio The Dining Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa has been searching for a talented chef de cuisine to replace Craig Strong since Strong resigned  to work at Studio at the Montage in Laguna Beach in May. Replacing Strong certainly wasn't easy as he helped earn the restaurant a Michelin star in both 2007 and 2008. But now the Dining Room has announced that they have settled on Michael Voltaggio, who will begin his reign in the kitchen tomorrow.

Voltaggio recently left his position as chef de cuisine at the Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel, which thrived under his guidance, earning four stars from Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila and attracting attention from around the country. Not at a loss for things to spend his time on, Voltaggio is also a contestant on Season 6 of Bravo's "Top Chef," and he can be found cooking as a guest chef July 30 during Breadbar's Hatchi series.

For now he'll stick with the menu on offer but is expected to unveil a new one in August. The new menu will be featured through the end of the year. Come 2010 the Dining Room will be renovated and unveiled with a fresh, as of yet unannounced, twist.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Michael Voltaggio, right, at the Bazaar by Jose Andres. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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This is a great move for Mike. Knowing Craig and Mike both very well, I am happy for both. They are both incredible talents with a strong drive and passion for excellence....Both establishments should be very proud to have these gentlemen....


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