Breaking Borders

Breaking Borders follows seasoned journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio as they travel into conflict zones to get the story behind the story. Together, they have a unique and challenging goal: to gather people from all sides of the conflict to break bread and explore the issues that divide them.

In each episode, Mariana and Michael take viewers on a journey through a different country in conflict. They meet people affected by the unrest, while exploring the history and culture that has created it. As Mariana digs deeper into the issues, Michael goes on a culinary adventure, collecting ideas and ingredients to create an unbelievable meal inspired by the people he has met.

Watch the new series premiere Sundays at 9|8c.

See exclusive video from Michael Voltaggio and Mariana van Zeller’s conversations with the opposing sides and hear their final thoughts not seen on camera. Plus, explore beautiful imagery from each location and get insights from Voltaggio on his first impressions with the local cuisine from each destination.

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Mariana van Zeller


Mariana van Zeller is an award-winning journalist and co-founder of MUCK Media. She is a correspondent for Fusion and ABC NEWS, based in Los Angeles. Mariana’s work has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, National Geographic, PBS, CNN, CBS, Channel 4 (UK) and the CBC. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and French, and is currently learning Arabic. She resides in LA with her husband, Darren, and son, Vasco.

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Michael Voltaggio


Chef Michael Voltaggio has successfully run kitchens for a number of esteemed chefs and restaurants. In 2009, Voltaggio earned the title of Top Chef on Bravo TV’s Emmy Award-winning show. He has established a reputation for what critics herald as “serious” food that is also playful, visually stunning and flawlessly executed. Recently, GQ magazine named Voltaggio’s LA restaurant ink. the best new restaurant in America in its March 2012 issue. He also opened ink.sack, a sandwich shop located a few doors down from ink. Ink.sack has established itself as a staple in LA and can now be enjoyed by an international audience with a second location inside Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) newly renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal.

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