|Born||Thomas Patrick Colicchio
August 15, 1962
Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
|Spouse(s)||Lori Silverbush (2001-present; 3 children)|
Thomas Patrick "Tom" Colicchio (//; born August 15, 1962) is an American celebrity chef. He co-founded the Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and formerly served as a co-owner and as the executive chef. He is also the founder of Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants. Colicchio is the recipient of five James Beard Foundation Medals for cooking accomplishments.
Life and career
Colicchio was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of Beverly and Thomas Colicchio. He is of Italian descent on both sides. He has been married to filmmaker Lori Silverbush since 2001. He has three sons.
In July 1994, Colicchio and his partner Danny Meyer opened the Gramercy Tavern in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. It was voted Most Popular Restaurant in New York City by the Zagat Survey in 2003 and 2005. He sold his interest in 2006 and is no longer affiliated with the restaurant. In spring 2001, he opened the first Craft restaurant one block south of Gramercy Tavern. A year later, he opened the first Craftsteak at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In 2003, he began the first 'wichcraft', his sandwich shop. In 2010, he opened Colicchio & Sons, and also Riverpark. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Colicchio joined volunteers serving food to rescue workers at Ground Zero.
On January 19, 2009, at a U.S. presidential inaugural event in Washington D.C. Colicchio performed the Heimlich maneuver on award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan, who was choking on a piece of chicken.
Colicchio won the 2010 Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation. He also won an Emmy award in 2010 for Outstanding Reality-Competition Programming as an executive producer of Top Chef, on which he also appears.
Colicchio appeared in the fifth episode of the first season of HBO's Treme as himself along with fellow chefs Eric Ripert, David Chang and Wylie Dufresne. He made another cameo in Season 2 alongside Ripert.
Colicchio has written three cookbooks. He, Jeff Bridges, and Raj Patel appeared in the new documentary film A Place at the Table released in the U.S. on March 1, 2013. He is also Executive Producer of "A Place At The Table."
His time on Top Chef has not been without controversy. He has been accused by several viewers and reporters of sexism. Most notably in season 11 where in the final episode he appeared to bully other judges into awarding the top prize to Nicholas Elmi, a chef that had been consistently in the bottom and had problem seasoning his food over superior chef, Nina Compton. The backlash was so severe that Colicchio posted the judge's scores to Twitter in an attempt to justify his actions. Colicchio has vehemently denied the allegations of sexism.
- New York City
- Los Angeles
Colicchio & Sons (formerly Craftsteak)
- New York City
- Ledyard, Connecticut
- Las Vegas
- New York
Topping Rose House
- Bridgehampton, NY
- Las Vegas, The Mirage
- Think Like a Chef
- Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen
- 'wichcraft: Craft a sandwich into a meal—and a meal into a sandwich
- Top Chef: The Cookbook
Eat Drink or Die
- "Great Chefs Television". Greatchefs.com. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
- Allen, Jenny (September 30, 2001). "WEDDINGS: VOWS; Lori Silverbush, Tom Colicchio". The New York Times.
- Ezra Klein (2009-01-19). "Tom Colicchio: Hero". The American Prospect. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
- "TV News Headlines - Yahoo! TV". Tv.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
- Robert Wilonsky (2012-07-10). "Tom Colicchio talks about the demise of Craft Dallas in Victory Park". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
- "New 'Or Die' Site: Eatdrinkordie.com". Courant.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
- Interview with Tom Colicchio at ICE - April 2004
- Tom Colicchio's Eatdrinkordie.com Profile
- Gramercy Tavern official web site
- 'wichcraft official web site
- Craft Restaurant official web site
- Tom Colicchio Bio/Photos unofficial web site
- Top Chef bio and blog
- US Beard Awards