Tom Colicchio

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Tom says he spent his childhood cooking with his mother and grandmother and later taught himself to cook with the help of Jacques Pépin's illustrated manuals on French cooking, La Technique and La Méthode. 

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Tom Colicchio is a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality who has served as the head judge on every season of the Bravo reality TV show, Top Chef.


Tom has published three cookbook: Think Like a Chef, Craft of Cooking, and 'witchcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal.


At the age of 17, Tom started cooking in restaurant kitchens and worked his way up until he found himself working in New York restaurants such as Gotham Bar & Grill and Mondrian. When he was executive chef at Mondran, he was named one of Food & Wine magazines top ten Best New Chefs.
In 1994, Tom partnered with Danny Meyer to open Gramercy Tavern, which was awarded three stars by the New York Times.  In the years following he opened several more restaurants including Craft, Craftbar, Craftsteak, Colicchio & Sons, and Riverpark. He also opened a sandwich shop ‘wichcraft with 14 New York City locations, as well as two additional on the west coast.
Tom also works as a restaurant consultant for the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey, Kiawah Island Club in South Carolina, and Doonbeg Golf Club in Ireland.


He is the recipient of five James Beard Foundation medals including the foundation's  Outstanding Chef award.  


He currently resides in New York City with his wife and two children.




Various locations


Colicchio & Sons

85 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.400.6699


craft Dallas

2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: 214.397.4111


craft Los Angeles

10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310.279.4180


craft New York

43 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.780.0880


craftbar New York

900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.461.4300


craftsteak Foxwoods

MGM Grand, 240 MGM Grand Drive, Mashantucket, CT 06338
Phone: 860.312.7272


craftsteak Las Vegas

MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 702.891.7318



450 E 29th St. New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212.729.9790


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