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Top Chef's TOM COLICCHIO on Employee of the Month
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Tom Colicchio keeps adding to his impressive, albeit daunting, schedule as a father, husband, chef, restauranteur, entrepreneur, TV personality, pitchman, guitar afficianado, film producer and policy wonk. He takes all of his multi-hyphenates seriously, especially food activism.
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 16th, Colicchio will spend World Hunger Day, as co-founder of Food Policy Action, reminding (read: lobbying) Congress to help the 14.3 percent of American homes which are “food insecure.” The glaring statistics about hunger in our country leave out people who are homeless and otherwise un-dcoumented and cant afford to buy food, never mind eat healthy. In our interview, you'll hear why he isn’t running for political office, and I ask him what effect high priced restaurants have on driving up the price of food. Whip-smart and good natured, Colicchio offers genuine insight into everything from tipping to why kale is so hot.
In our incredibly fun conversation, Colicchio’s honesty, humor and, yes, heart were in full display, even while blind-folded for a highly scientific food tasting test. Did Top Chef's top judge choose his own CraftBar grilled cheese or did he prefer a competitor Melt or the diner down the street?
Colicchio has been on quite a winning streak, even if he admits that it’s harder to feel creative now that he has so many responsibilities. After conquering the New York restaurant scene as a beloved chef at restaurants like Mondrian and Gramercy Tavern, he went onto open series of his own restuarants, most notably Craft. A savvy entrepreneur, Tom became a judge (and producer) on Bravo’s Top Chef, which he helped transform into a popular TV franchise. Colicchio will host and produce its upcoming latest baby, Best New Restaurant.
Pretty sure you know how turn on a television to tune in, but if you’re interested in learning about how you can help with hunger, watch the documentary A PLACE AT THE TABLE, which Tom produced with his wife, the critically acclaimed filmmaker Lori Silverbush. Or if you are in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 16th, head to the Food Policy Action event at Graffiato Restaurant on 707 Sixth Street N.W. If you are in New York City, LA, Vegas, or the Hamptons, dine at any one of his swanky restaurants, although maybe, tuck your shirt in. Luckily, you can listen to my interview with Sir Tom Colicchio for free anywhere in the world! Wait he was also knighted? (Listen to our interview to find out.)