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Also Known As: Thomas Patrick Colicchio Died:
Born: August 15, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA Profession: chef, TV host, producer, restaurant owner

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Though he was one of the most celebrated culinary masters in New York City, famous for being the co-founder and executive chef of Gramercy Tavern, Tom Colicchio became a celebrity, thanks to playing host and judge on the hit reality competition, "Top Chef" (Bravo, 2006- ). Charming in the kitchen and tough but fair in the judging room, Colicchio mentored the competitors through various challenges alongside co-host Padma Lakshmi. When he was not on television, the James Beard Award recipient - the Academy Award of the culinary world - authored books and oversaw his Craft family of restaurants, located in various metropolitan cities from New York City to Los Angeles. But it was Colicchio's commanding presence as the culinary voice of reason on "Top Chef" that brought gastronomy out of the kitchen and into the spotlight.

Though he was one of the most celebrated culinary masters in New York City, famous for being the co-founder and executive chef of Gramercy Tavern, Tom Colicchio became a celebrity, thanks to playing host and judge on the hit reality competition, "Top Chef" (Bravo, 2006- ). Charming in the kitchen and tough but fair in the judging room, Colicchio mentored the competitors through various challenges alongside co-host Padma Lakshmi. When he was not on television, the James Beard Award recipient - the Academy Award of the culinary world - authored books and oversaw his Craft family of restaurants, located in various metropolitan cities from New York City to Los Angeles. But it was Colicchio's commanding presence as the culinary voice of reason on "Top Chef" that brought gastronomy out of the kitchen and into the spotlight.

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Taught himself to cook with the help of Jacques Pépin's legendary illustrated manuals on French cooking
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Made his kitchen debut in his native town of Elizabeth at Evelyn's Seafood Restaurant
1991:
Selected by <i>Food & Wine</i> magazine as one of the top ten "Best New Chefs" in the United States, while working as the executive chef of Mondrian
1994:
Opened Gramercy Tavern in New York with partner Danny Meyer; served as co-owner and executive chef; sold his interest in 2006 and is no longer affiliated with the restaurant
2000:
Won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in New York City
2001:
Opened Craft restaurant, one block south of Gramercy Tavern
2001:
Published first cookbook, <i>Think Like a Chef</i>; won The James Beard KitchenAid Cookbook Award
2002:
Craft was awarded The James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant
2002:
Opened Craftsteak at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
2003:
Opened the sandwich shop 'wichcraft in New York
2003:
Published second cookbook, <i>Craft of Cooking</i>
2006:
Co-host and head judge of Bravo's hit reality cooking series "Top Chef"; earned an Emmy nomination in 2009 as Host for a Reality/Competition Program
2009:
Published third cookbook, <i>'Wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal ¿ and a Meal into a Sandwich</i>
2009:
Was a consulting producer on Bravo's "Top Chef" spin-off series, entitled "Top Chef Masters"
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
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