Who will reign supreme at this year’s K•Swiss Ping Pong Classic at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2011? Hosted by Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, this invite-only battle for ping pong supremacy will be between representatives from the Sundance Selects VOD films Kaboom, Uncle Kent, These Amazing Shadows, Septien and Mad Bastards, with the winner receiving a grand prize consisting of a donation from K•Swiss to a charity of the team’s choice. The official press release is below this video about last year’s inaugural tournament:
MICHAEL VOLTAGGIO TO HOST THE SECOND ANNUAL K•SWISS PING PONG CLASSIC DURING THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Five Sundance Films Set to Battle It Out For A Grand Prize
Michael Voltaggio, acclaimed Top Chef winner, will partner with K•Swiss to host the second annual K•Swiss Ping Pong Classic, an event that celebrates the sport of ping pong while honoring a special selection of films premiering at Sundance. The event will take place on January 23rd at the TR Suites in Park City, UT.
Voltaggio has received several accolades including a Michelin Star while serving as Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Sonoma Valley, CA and another while he was Chef de Cuisine at The Dining Room at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, CA. As Executive Chef at Jose Andres’ Bazaar at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, he received a rare 4-star rating from the Los Angeles Times. In 2009, Voltaggio was a finalist for the James Beard “Best New Restaurant” award; the same year he famously won the honor as Bravo’s Top Chef in season six. In Spring 2011, Voltaggio will open ink., his first-ever restaurant, in Los Angeles. Voltaggio fits perfectly as the event’s host because, in addition to a passion for cuisine, he shares the brand’s enthusiasm for film and the sport of ping pong.
The K•Swiss Ping Pong Classic will consist of a three-hour cocktail party during which Voltaggio will kick off a ping pong tournament between representatives of five extraordinary films –KABOOM, UNCLE KENT, THESE AMAZING SHADOWS, SEPTIEN and MAD BASTARDS – each of which will be available simultaneously on demand nationwide at the same time as they premiere at Sundance. The films will get to battle it out on (and off) the tables, as the five films strive for supremacy in the snow. K•Swiss will award a grand prize to the winning film, consisting of a donation to a charity of the team’s choice.
Combining the worlds of film, celebrity and sport, the second annual K•Swiss Ping Pong Classic is expected to attract a slew of notable attendees, offering a heated match to keep the cool kids warm in the snow.