Tom Colicchio

Chef, TV host, Producer
Though he was one of the most celebrated culinary masters in New York City, famous for being the co-founder and executive chef of Gramercy Tavern, Tom Colicchio became a celebrity, thanks to playing host and judge on ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1962 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Top Chef 2007 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Chef: Masters 2008 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Best New Restaurant 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Real Time with Bill Maher 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Place at the Table 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tremé 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Smurfs 2011 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

Bravo's A-List Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Chef Holiday Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Chef: Watch What Happens Reunion 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Chef: 4-Star All-Stars 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars (TV Show)

Himself
Producer (3)

Top Chef Duels 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Place at the Table 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Top Chef: Watch What Happens Reunion 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Consulting Producer

Biography

Though he was one of the most celebrated culinary masters in New York City, famous for being the co-founder and executive chef of Gramercy Tavern, Tom Colicchio became a celebrity, thanks to playing host and judge on the hit reality competition, "Top Chef" (Bravo, 2006- ). Charming in the kitchen and tough but fair in the judging room, Colicchio mentored the competitors through various challenges alongside co-host Padma Lakshmi. When he was not on television, the James Beard Award recipient - the Academy Award of the culinary world - authored books and oversaw his Craft family of restaurants, located in various metropolitan cities from New York City to Los Angeles. But it was Colicchio's commanding presence as the culinary voice of reason on "Top Chef" that brought gastronomy out of the kitchen and into the spotlight.

Relationships

Dante Colicchio

Son
From a previous relationship

Luka Colicchio

Son
Born August 1, 2009 mother, Lori Silverbush

Mateo Colicchio

Son
Born March 22, 2011 mother, Lori Silverbush

Lori Silverbush Director

Wife
Met in 1994 when she was waitressing at Gramercy Tavern married in 2001, on a sheep farm on Martha's Vineyard

Milestones

2016

Started filming the 14th season of "Top Chef" in Charleston, South Carolina

2015

Was the host and executive producer of "Best New Restaurant"

2013

Appeared in the documentary "A Place at the Table"

2011

Played a party guest in the animated film "The Smurfs"

2010

Played himself on three episodes of the HBO New Orleans-themed drama "Treme"

2009

Published third cookbook, 'Wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal — and a Meal into a Sandwich

2009

Was a consulting producer on Bravo's "Top Chef" spin-off series, entitled "Top Chef Masters"

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

2006

Co-host and head judge of Bravo's hit reality cooking series "Top Chef"; earned an Emmy nomination in 2009 as Host for a Reality/Competition Program

2003

Opened the sandwich shop 'wichcraft in New York

2003

Published second cookbook, Craft of Cooking

2002

Craft was awarded The James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant

2002

Opened Craftsteak at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

2001

Published first cookbook, Think Like a Chef; won The James Beard KitchenAid Cookbook Award

2001

Opened Craft restaurant, one block south of Gramercy Tavern

2000

Won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in New York City

1994

Opened Gramercy Tavern in New York with partner Danny Meyer; served as co-owner and executive chef; sold his interest in 2006 and is no longer affiliated with the restaurant

1991

Selected by Food & Wine magazine as one of the top ten "Best New Chefs" in the United States, while working as the executive chef of Mondrian

Bonus Trivia

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Is of Italian descent.

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Was named the nation's top chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2010.

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Taught himself to cook with the help of Jacques Pépin's legendary illustrated manuals on French cooking.

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Made his kitchen debut in his native town of Elizabeth at Evelyn's Seafood Restaurant.

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As of 2106, Colicchio won the James Beard Foundation Award five times, making him one of the most decorated chefs in America.

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"I think people seem to be enjoying learning about the real back-of-house things that go on in restaurants. If you’ve ever worked in the restaurant business, you know people are fascinated by how food actually comes out of the kitchen. Most people also believe that there are like two people back there and that the chef’s cooking everything, so I think they kind of like seeing the curtain being pulled back a little bit." - from Bon Appetit, February 19, 2015

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"What we’re doing with Plate of the Union is trying to get our presidential candidates on the record focusing on food policy, the kind of smart food policy that we are looking for—that supports farmers, and starts trying to solve the issue that we have in this country where calories are cheap and nutrition is expensive. How do we craft the correct policies to make nutritious food more affordable and more accessible? I think that is a real dilemma. We certainly produce enough food in this country but it is not getting, at least nutritious food, is not getting to enough people." - from www.modernfamer.com, July 27, 2016

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On how he judges contestants on "Top Chef": "The only thing that we judge on, and I’ve had this interview with several people—I always say this, and no one seems to want to write it—we judge on food and food alone. The producers of the show, with the exception of myself, have absolutely nothing to do with who stays and who goes. It is not about personality; we don’t see the personalities. We don’t know or care about what’s going on behind the scenes. In fact, the executive producers are not allowed to eat the food. It’s a meritocracy, and that’s it." - from www.avclub.com, March 16, 2011

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