* Profiled in Super Chef (Free Press 2004)
BIO: Tom Colicchio is a self-made chef. Bucking the trend to go to the CIA or Johnson & Wales, Tom worked his way up through restaurants in his native New Jersey and then New York City at hot spots, like the Quilted Giraffe under Barry Wine and Rakel under fellow super chef Thomas Keller. He landed his first executive chef at midtown Mondrian. Though the restaurant failed, he picked up uber-financiers to back his next move to Gramercy Tavern with Manhattan restaurateur Danny Meyer. Tom struck out on his own – keeping those deep pocketed financiers and architect Bentel & Bentel – with Craft (New York), Craftbar (New York), Craftsteak (in Las Vegas and New York) and 'wichcraft (multiple locations), along with other consulting projects -- and three cookbooks. Having said in Super Chef (2004) that he would not do Television, he is currently the star of the most successful Reality Food TV show to date, Bravo's Top Chef.
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