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4 stars from @DCMagazineML! Also, @marybeth says that @MikeIsabellaDC is "one of DC’s most exciting rising chefs." Thx!

4 stars from @DCMagazineML! Also, @marybeth says that @MikeIsabellaDC is "one of DC’s most exciting rising chefs." Thx!

True Reality by Mary Beth Albright | DC magazine | August 26, 2011 Before I became a contestant on Food Network Star this past summer, a reality-show chef had some advice for me: “You don’t have to win. Just be memorable.” In planning my visits to Graffiato, the new Penn Quarter restaurant from Top Chef runner-up Mike Isabella, I got to thinking about his on-air transformation from cocky competitor to grandmama’s boy—and began to wonder if he didn’t follow the same bit of wisdom. Like most Top Chef viewers, I so deeply fantasized about Isabella’s food that, before I got to Graffiato, I imagined I’d tasted it—his rich Italian dishes in particular. Would I find that the judges’ praises were justified? Did Isabella’s dishes glisten on TV because of his skilled use of oil, or because the cameraman angled the lighting just so? Would my preconceived notions stand up to, well, re...

Full article: http://www.modernluxury.com/dc/articles/true-reality

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