Thanks to his success on the show, his Frederick, Md.,restaurant Volt has seen a tremendous increase in business, including a two-year waiting list for its premier Table 21. ''It shed a whole new light on the restaurant, and it opened up the door for us to have clients who are coming in from different areas from the whole D.C.--Baltimore metro area making the trip to Frederick,'' the season 6 runner-up tells EW. ''It's not only impacted our restaurant, but it's also impacted the economy in town.'' Because of his contribution to the area, Voltaggio was awarded the first key to the city in 60 years. He recently traveled to the White House to take part in Michelle Obama's healthy food campaign, and will be working with Washington, D.C., schools to improve the quality of food and educate students on healthy eating.
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As season 7 hits D.C., we catch up with past contestants -- Kevin Gillespie, Michael Voltaggio, Stephanie Izzard, and five more -- to see how they're doing now