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

(1962-08-15) August 15, 1962 (age 61)
Culinary career
Current restaurant(s)
Previous restaurant(s)
Television show(s)
Award(s) won

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), Temple Court (NYC), Craftsteak (MGM Grand 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.[1] Colicchio has also been a featured chef on Great Chefs shows.[2]

Early life[edit]

Colicchio was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the middle son of Beverly Ann (née Corvelli) and Thomas Patrick Colicchio.[3][4] He has an older brother Michael and a younger brother Philip John. His mother worked in a school lunchroom.[5] His father was a union organizer.[6] He is of Italian descent on both sides.[7] He graduated in 1980 from Elizabeth High School.[8]


In the mid-1980s, Colicchio served as a sous-chef to Thomas Keller at Rakel.[9]

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.[10] 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 volunteered serving food to rescue workers at Ground Zero.[11]

Colicchio won the 2010 Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation.[12]

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. The movie was directed by his wife Lori Silverbush.[6] He is also Executive Producer of A Place At The Table.[13]

Colicchio serves on the Food Council at City Harvest and the Culinary Council at Food Bank for New York City, two hunger-relief organizations.[14][15] Colicchio has long been involved in food supply chain, restaurant and hunger relief issues.[16]


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.[17] He also won an Emmy Award in 2010 for Outstanding Reality-Competition Programming as an executive producer of Top Chef, on which he appears.[18]

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.[19] Colicchio appeared in The tenth episode of fifth season of Billions (TV Series) as a chef.


In June 2020, Colicchio launched his podcast, "Citizen Chef" via the iHeartRadio Podcast Network. The seasonal series deals with issues of food, politics, policy and citizenship.[20]


Small Batch
Temple Court (formerly known as Fowler & Wells)[25]
  • New York City

Former restaurants[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to filmmaker Lori Silverbush since 2001.[11] He has three sons: Dante (born 1993), his child with an ex-girlfriend,[39] and his two children with Silverbush, Luka Bodhi (born 2009)[40] and Mateo Lev (born 2011).[41]


  • 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. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 2, 2014). "Bravo Media Serves Up Heated Competition Series 'Best New Restaurant' Premiering on Wednesday January 21at 10PM". Zap2it. Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Great Chefs Television". Greatchefs.com. September 22, 2011. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  3. ^ Feuer, Alan (May 16, 2014). "Tom Colicchio, Citizen Chef". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Tom Colicchio's Interactive Family Tree {} PBS". PBS. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015.
  5. ^ Feuer, Alan (May 16, 2014). "Tom Colicchio, Citizen Chef". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 29, 2023.
  6. ^ a b Rosner, Helen (May 6, 2020). "What It Will Take for Restaurants to Survive". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  7. ^ Smolenyak, Megan. "The Most Ellis Island-y Celebrity Ever: Tom Colicchio". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  8. ^ 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"
  9. ^ Morabito, Greg (July 2, 2013). "The Story of Rakel, Thomas Keller's 1980s Restaurant". Eater NY. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Fabricant, Florence (August 23, 2006). "3 Chefs Depart, 2 With Full Plates". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Allen, Jenny (September 30, 2001). "WEDDINGS: VOWS; Lori Silverbush, Tom Colicchio". The New York Times.
  12. ^ Fabricant, Florence (May 4, 2010). "At the James Beard Awards, Marea Takes a Top Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  13. ^ IMDB entry
  14. ^ "Meet Our Food Council - City Harvest". City Harvest. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "Culinary Council - Food Bank For New York City". Food Bank For New York City. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "Table For None: Tom Colicchio Explains What Restaurants Need To Survive". NPR.org. Retrieved January 6, 2023.
  17. ^ Profile Archived April 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, newsday.com; accessed September 23, 2015.
  18. ^ "Tom Colicchio". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  19. ^ "Here's Tom Colicchio's Cameo in the Smurfs Movie". August 8, 2011.
  20. ^ "Top Chef's Tom Colicchio Serves Up Food Policy Conversation On New Podcast". Inside Radio. June 11, 2020. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  21. ^ "About Craft". craftrestaurant.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  22. ^ "About Craft". craftlosangeles.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  23. ^ "About Us". craftsteaklasvegas.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  24. ^ "Tom Colicchio: Owner". craftedhospitality.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "Our Story". wichcraft.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ Paula Forbes (December 14, 2010). "Tom Colicchio Closing Both Craft and Craftbar in Atlanta". Eater. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  30. ^ "Say Goodbye to Craftbar, Tom Colicchio's Now-Shuttered Casual American Restaurant". Eater NY. May 1, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  31. ^ "Foxwoods mall will displace MGM Grand steakhouse". The Day. December 6, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  32. ^ "Colicchio & Sons Is Closing After Six Years in West Chelsea". Eater NY. August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  33. ^ "3 Chefs Depart, 2 With Full Plates". New York Times. August 23, 2006. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  34. ^ "Tweet". twitter.com. Retrieved March 17, 2023.
  35. ^ "About Us". tcheritagesteak.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  36. ^ Devra Ferst (December 9, 2014). "Tom Colicchio Is Ditching the Hamptons and Topping Rose House". ny.eater.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  37. ^ Brock Radke (March 10, 2014). "'Wichcraft Has Closed, And That's Not Cool". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  38. ^ Sarah Fritsche (June 9, 2017). "San Francisco outpost of Tom Colicchio's 'wichcraft officially closed". SFGate.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  39. ^ Liza Hamm (March 5, 2010). "Exclusive: Tom Colicchio Is a Top Dad". People.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  40. ^ Brian Orloff (August 4, 2009). "Tom Colicchio Welcomes Son Luka Bodhi". People.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  41. ^ Sarah Michaud (March 22, 2011). "Tom Colicchio Welcomes Son Mateo Lev". People.com. Retrieved August 25, 2020.

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