Read this: Hilda Staples, the business brains behind D.C.’s ‘Top Chef’ restaurants

April 18, 2013

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Hilda Staples, center. (Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

Bryan Voltaggio and Mike Isabella get all the spotlight for their much-praised restaurants, but, hey — that’s why they call them “celebrity chefs.” Turns out that enterprises (Voltaggio’s Range and his three Frederick restaurant; Isabella’s Graffiato) were launched by the same entrepreneur, Hilda Staples. An Iranian-born former Hill staffer and publicist, Staples got restless after a few months of staying home with her twins and decided to open a little restaurant. She lured Voltaggio up to Frederick to open his now renowned Volt a year before “Top Chef” launched him to fame. Mari-Jane Williams explores a typical day in a busy life: Hilda Staples: Restaurateur and mom has a full plate

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