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Chicago Makes a Date with Tom Colicchio

Top Chef Judge set to host Restaurant Rocks.

By Jordan Upmalis

Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio
Do you miss Tom? Yeah, we all do. So prepare to be green with envy over the good people of Chicago, who will be partying with the Top Chef judge next month.

Colicchio has been named the celebrity chef host for the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Rocks party, part of the annual Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event.

"This year we are throwing a party to celebrate everything that we are as an industry," said C.W. Craig Reed, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2011 and Director of Food and Beverage, Broadmoor Hotel. "And we are thrilled to welcome Chef Colicchio as the host of this exciting event."

It's only appropriate that Restaurant Rocks will play host to the IWSB Star of the Bar finalists, who will compete in a live mixology competition, with Tom and master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim acting as judges.

Restaurant Rocks will also support aspiring future cheftestants -- a portion of the money raised will benefit the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's ProStart program, which helps high-schoolers who hope to one day be involved in the kitchen.

"We are proud to help support our future industry leaders with a portion of the proceeds from the event going to the ProStart program," said C.W. Craig Reed.

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