José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson, Voltaggio Brothers Headed to National Harbor

A team of celebrity chefs sign on to the upcoming MGM Resort.

Image courtesy of MGM National Harbor.

The MGM National Harbor announced a “powerhouse lineup” of chefs headed to the upcoming resort, and they aren’t exaggerating: José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson, and brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio have all signed on for restaurants in the complex, slated to open towards the end of 2016.

The Washington Post first reported news of the celebrity chef-backed concepts. Andrés will debut his first-ever seafood-centric eatery, which aims to combine regional specialties with Asian accents like tempura and sushi bars. New York-based restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson’s venture will specialize in “elegant comfort food,” according to a spokesperson for the resort, such as whole fried chickens; the chef is behind Harlem’s Red Rooster and Streetbird Rotisserie. As for the Voltaggios, Michael will collaborate from Los Angeles with sibling Bryan (Volt/Range/Aggio) on a modern steakhouse.

The big-name chefs aren’t the only ones drawn to the Prince George’s County development. Louisville, Kentucky-based chef Edward Lee opened Succotash this fall.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.