How Tom Colicchio Is Celebrating Earth Day

The 'Top Chef' judge will address the topic of food waste in the U.S.

Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio is already hard at work as MSNBC's food correspondent. He will be on hand this Earth Day to be on a panel discussion following the network's premiere of the new documentary Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story.

The doc will air on April 22 and it follows filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer as they examine the amount of food wasted in the U.S. They will "dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge" according to the film's description. So just how much food is wasted? Americans waste a whopping $165 billion in food annually. The special will also focus on Grant and Jennygiving up grocery shopping for six months and eating foods that are normally thrown away.

Tom will be on the panel post-show to talk about food waste and ways to curb it.

Tom, who is a vocal food activist, was announced as MSNBC's first-ever food correspondent earlier this year.

"As a chef, a father, and an advocate for sane food policy, I'm looking forward to bringing stories to MSNBC that highlight how critical food is to the workings of a functional, humane society," Tom said in a statement back in February about the MSNBC gig. "In today's world it is impossible to separate our food culture from the politics and policies that shape our choices as consumers and taxpayers, whether we're aware of them or not. The one thing we all have in common is that everyone eats, and I'm excited to partner with MSNBC on a show that fosters healthy dialogue and speaks to this basic common truth."

[Source: Huffington Post, MSNBC]

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