Tom Colicchio

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Tom Colicchio
Tom Colicchio - David Shankbone.jpg
Colicchio at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Thomas Patrick Colicchio
(1962-08-15) August 15, 1962 (age 52)
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s) Lori Silverbush (2001-present; 3 children)

Thomas Patrick "Tom" Colicchio (/kɵˈlkj/; 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.

He has been the head judge on every season of Bravo reality TV show Top Chef as well as Best New Restaurant which he also executive produces.[1] Colicchio has also been a featured chef on Great Chefs shows.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Colicchio was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of Beverly (Corvelli) and Thomas Colicchio.[3] He is of Italian descent on both sides.[4] He has been married to filmmaker Lori Silverbush since 2001.[5] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Colicchio served as the main consulting producer on Bravo's Top Chef spin-off series entitled Top Chef Masters.[7]

Colicchio won the 2010 Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation.[8] 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.

In 2011, he made cameos in the Season 23 premiere episode of The Simpsons, "The Falcon and the D'ohman," and The Smurfs.

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."




  • New York City
  • Los Angeles

Colicchio & Sons (formerly Craftsteak)

  • New York City



Voysey's (consultant)


  • New York City

Topping Rose House

Heritage Steak

  • 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[edit]

On August 20, 2008, Colicchio partnered with Or Die Networks', a site dedicated to hosting entertaining, instructional food videos made by experts and users alike.[10]


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