Trae Patton/Bravo
October 02, 2013 at 10:07 PM EDT

Top Chef

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
seasons
12
performer
Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons
broadcaster
Bravo
genre
Reality TV

Sure, the government shutdown is providing plenty of ace material for the Jon Stewarts and Stephen Colberts of the world. For thousands of frustrated, furloughed government employees across the country, though, it’s not exactly a laughing matter.

Enter Top Chef (and Top Chef Masters) runner-up Bryan Voltaggio, a D.C.-area fixture with four local restaurants to his name. The chef announced today via Twitter that all day long, his Friendship Heights restaurant Range will be giving away free “Government Cheese pizza” — that’s margherita, to those with no imagination — to all government employees with valid ID.

Wait a sec — did I say all government employees? Because there’s one category that Voltaggio deemed ineligible for his generous giveaway:

Britney would definitely approve.

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