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Tom Colicchio

One of the culinary world's most celebrated figures, Tom Colicchio returns once again as lead judge for Bravo's 19th season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning culinary series Top Chef, and also serves as mentor to the competing chefs on the series, guiding them through their various challenges. He also hosts's Emmy-Winning Digital Companion Video Series Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen. 

Tom is also the chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, which currently includes New York's Craft, Temple Court and Small Batch; Los Angeles' Craft Los Angeles; and Las Vegas' Heritage Steak and Craftsteak. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Tom made his New York cooking debut at prominent New York restaurants including The Quilted Giraffe, Gotham Bar & Grill and Gramercy Tavern before opening Craft in 2001. Outside of his fine dining restaurants, Colicchio opened 'Wichcraft – a sandwich and salad fast casual concept rooted in the same food and hospitality philosophies as Craft – in New York City in 2003.

He has published Think Like a Chef (2000), which won The James Beard Foundation "KitchenAid" Cookbook Award in May 2001; Craft of Cooking (2003); and a sandwich book inspired by 'wichcraft (2009). In May 2010, Tom was awarded The James Beard Foundation's coveted "Outstanding Chef" award, the culmination of his 30 years of hard work in the restaurant industry.

A vocal social justice advocate, Tom executive produced the 2013 documentary A Place at the Table, about the underlying causes of hunger in the United States. This eye-opening experience led Tom to Washington, D.C. where he lobbied in front of Congress in an effort to protect and expand food programs in the U.S. Tom is a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, founded to save the independent restaurants and bars and the 11 million people they employ who have been affected by COVID-19. He is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and is the host of the iHeart Radio podcast, Citizen Chef.

Tom and his restaurants give back to the community by serving on the boards of Children of Bellevue, City Harvest and Wholesome Wave. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Lori Silverbush, and three sons. When he's not in the kitchen, Tom can be found tending to his garden on the North Fork of Long Island, enjoying a day of fishing or playing guitar.