"Very sad to find out this morning about Michel Richard, a great chef and friend. He always could fill a room with laughter. He will be missed," said Mr. Voltaggio, who runs several highly rated local restaurants, including Volt.
"We kind of were forced together and hadn't been since we were maybe 10 and 12 and sharing a room," Bryan says, noting that during taping they literally slept next to each other for six weeks. "Now we're on the phone together almost every day. We have business that's entwined. And we also learned that we are our best resource for each other. We realized we could be stronger and use each other and be more successful if we were resources rather than rivals to each other."