Tom Colicchio

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Tom Colicchio
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Colicchio at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Thomas Patrick Colicchio

(1962-08-15) August 15, 1962 (age 57)
Culinary career

Thomas Patrick Colicchio (/kˈlkj/; 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 Crafted Hospitality, which includes Craft (NYC and Los Angeles), Riverpark (NYC), Temple Court (NYC), Craftsteak (MGM Grand Las Vegas), Heritage Steak (Mirage Las Vegas) and Small Batch (Long Island) restaurants. Colicchio is the recipient of five James Beard Foundation Awards 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.[2] Colicchio has also been a featured chef on Great Chefs shows.[3]

Early life[edit]

Colicchio was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of Beverly (née Corvelli) and Thomas Colicchio.[4][5] He is of Italian descent on both sides.[6] He graduated in 1980 from Elizabeth High School.[7]


In the mid-1980s, Colicchio served as a sous-chef to Thomas Keller at Rakel.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Colicchio won the 2010 Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation.[11]

Colicchio has written three cookbooks. He, Jeff Bridges, and Raj Patel appeared in the 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.[citation needed]

Colicchio serves on the Food Council at City Harvest and the Culinary Council at Food Bank for New York City, two hunger-relief organisations.[12][13]


Colicchio has been involved with Top Chef since its beginning in 2006, where he has served as head judge. He is also the main consulting producer on Bravo's Top Chef spin-off series entitled Top Chef Masters.[14] He also won an Emmy Award in 2010 for Outstanding Reality-Competition Programming as an executive producer of Top Chef, on which he appears.[15]

Colicchio was the host of the reality series Best New Restaurant (an adaptation of the British reality show Ramsay's Best Restaurant) in 2015.

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.[citation needed]


Temple Court (formerly known as Fowler & Wells)[16]
  • New York City
Heritage Steak

Former restaurants[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to filmmaker Lori Silverbush since 2001.[10] He has three sons.[citation needed]


  • Colicchio, Tom; Young, Catherine; Silverbush, Lori; Fri, Sean (2000). Think like a chef. New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers. ISBN 9780609604854.
  • Colicchio, Tom; Young, Catherine; Bettencourt, Bill (2003). Craft of cooking : notes and recipes from a restaurant kitchen. New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers. ISBN 9780609610503.
  • Colicchio, Tom; Ortúzar, Sisha (2009). 'Wichcraft : craft a sandwich into a meal--and a meal into a sandwich. New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers. ISBN 9780609610510.


  1. ^ "Colicchio & Sons". Craft Restaurants. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 2, 2014). "Bravo Media Serves Up Heated Competition Series 'Best New Restaurant' Premiering on Wednesday January 21at 10PM". Zap2it. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Great Chefs Television". September 22, 2011. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Feuer, Alan (May 16, 2014). "Tom Colicchio, Citizen Chef". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
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  6. ^ Smolenyak, Megan. "The Most Ellis Island-y Celebrity Ever: Tom Colicchio". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  7. ^ How Did I Get Here? Tom Colicchio; Owner, Crafted Hospitality; head judge, Top Chef", Bloomberg Businessweek. Accessed November 2, 2019. "Elizabeth High School, Elizabeth, N.J., class of 1980"
  8. ^ Morabito, Greg (July 2, 2013). "The Story of Rakel, Thomas Keller's 1980s Restaurant". Eater NY. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Fabricant, Florence (August 23, 2006). "3 Chefs Depart, 2 With Full Plates". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Allen, Jenny (September 30, 2001). "WEDDINGS: VOWS; Lori Silverbush, Tom Colicchio". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Fabricant, Florence (May 4, 2010). "At the James Beard Awards, Marea Takes a Top Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  12. ^ "Meet Our Food Council - City Harvest". City Harvest. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "Culinary Council - Food Bank For New York City". Food Bank For New York City. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  14. ^ Profile Archived April 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed September 23, 2015.
  15. ^ "Tom Colicchio". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  16. ^ Severson, Kim (August 22, 2017). "Tom Colicchio Changes His Restaurant's Racially Tinged Name". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  17. ^ Zachary Fagenson (July 13, 2017). "Tom Colicchio's Beachcraft to Leave 1 Hotel South Beach: Will Pubbelly Take Over?". Miami New Times. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  18. ^ Robert Wilonsky (July 10, 2012). "Tom Colicchio talks about the demise of Craft Dallas in Victory Park". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  19. ^ "Say Goodbye to Craftbar, Tom Colicchio's Now-Shuttered Casual American Restaurant". Eater NY. Retrieved July 8, 2018.

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