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Tom Colicchio Will Be Honored for Helping Fight Hunger

The 'Top Chef' judge will receive a Can Do award along with Sandra Lee.

Tom Colicchio's activism in in the food community has earned him a brand-new honor. The Top Chef judge will be one of the honorees at the 13th Annual Can Do Awards Dinner, where he will be recognized for his commitment to helping fight hunger.

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The event will take place on April 21st at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC. Past Can Do Award honorees Mario Batali and Susan Cahn will be the Honorary Chairs for this year's event, which will include a performance from Little Big Town.

Other honorees at this year's dinner includes Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Lori Silverbush and Sandra Lee.

"Tonight's gala celebrates our city's diversity and honors the dedication and perseverance of each of you in the fight against hunger, wherever you find it in our little big town," Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City, said in a statement. "It is your support that allows us to connect people with solutions. I applaud our honorees for their courage, their commitment, and for providing a voice for many who go unheard. When others say I can't, you always respond, I 'Can Do.' Food Bank For New York City is very grateful for your service."

The honor is only the latest coup for the Best New Restaurant host. Last month, Tom joined MSNBC as its first-ever food correspondent. And the gig seems to highlight many of the same philosophies that earned Tom the Can Do honor.

"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 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: Look to the Stars]


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