Tom Colicchio is the eight-time James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, which includes New York’s Craft, Temple Court and Vallata; Las Vegas’ Craftsteak; and Small Batch in Garden City, N.Y. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Collicchio made his New York cooking debut at prominent restaurants that include the Quilted Giraffe, Gotham Bar & Grill and Gramercy Tavern before opening Craft in 2001.
A vocal and outspoken social justice advocate, Colicchio executive produced the 2013 documentary “A Place at the Table” about the underlying causes of hunger in the U.S. This eye-opening experience led him on a journey to Washington D.C., where he has been a mainstay in our nation’s capital in the years since. From holding members of Congress accountable on their voting records around food to working with former FLOTUS Michelle Obama on the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, Colicchio has established himself as the leading “Citizen Chef” advocating for a food system that values access, affordability and nutrition over corporate interests.
Colicchio is a frequent contributor on several television shows and networks, including MSNBC, CNN, ABC and Bloomberg and is the host of the iHeart Radio podcast, “Citizen Chef.”He is the head judge and executive producer of the Emmy-winning Bravo hit series “Top Chef” and will star and executive produce a new show in 2024 titled “The Pantry” on Spirits network.
Colicchio and his restaurants give back to the community through their impact partnerships with organizations such as Children of Bellevue, City Harvest and Southern Smoke Foundation. He’s a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, which was formed to save the local restaurants and bars affected by COVID-19 and the subsequent economic fallout.
Colicchio lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Lori Silverbush, and their three sons. When not in the kitchen, he can be found tending his North Fork Long Island garden, fishing or playing guitar.