Tom Colicchio

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Tom Colicchio
Born Thomas Patrick Colicchio
(1962-08-15) August 15, 1962 (age 51)
Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
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. Colicchio has been a featured chef on Great Chefs Television.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Colicchio was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, of Italian descent on both sides. He has been married to filmmaker Lori Silverbush since 2001.[2] 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.[2]

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.[3]

Colicchio served as the main consulting producer on Bravo's Top Chef spin-off series entitled Top Chef Masters.[4]

Colicchio won the 2010 Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation.[5] 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."

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.

Restaurants[edit]

Craft

Craftbar

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles

Colicchio & Sons (formerly Craftsteak)

  • New York City

'wichcraft

Craftsteak

Voysey's (consultant)

Riverpark

  • New York

Topping Rose House

  • Bridgehampton, NY

Heritage Steak

  • Las Vegas, The Mirage

Books[edit]

  • 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' eatdrinkordie.com, a site dedicated to hosting entertaining, instructional food videos made by experts and users alike.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Great Chefs Television". Greatchefs.com. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b Allen, Jenny (September 30, 2001). "WEDDINGS: VOWS; Lori Silverbush, Tom Colicchio". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Ezra Klein (2009-01-19). "Tom Colicchio: Hero". The American Prospect. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  4. ^ http://weblogs.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/blog/2009/04/bravo_apres_project_runway_thi.html
  5. ^ "TV News Headlines - Yahoo! TV". Tv.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "New 'Or Die' Site: Eatdrinkordie.com". Courant.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 

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