This week on All in the Industry, host Shari Bayer is joined in the studio by Tom Colicchio, chef and co-founder of the Gramercy Tavern in New York City. He is also the founder of other restaurants including Craft, Colicchio & Sons, Riverpark, ‘Wichcraft, and the brand new Fowler & Wells in the landmark Beekman hotel. Colicchio is the recipient of five James Beard Foundation Awards for cooking accomplishments. He has been the head judge on every season of Bravo’s Top Chef, as well as Best New Restaurant, which he also executive produces.
Tom appears in and served as executive producer on A Place at the Table, Participant Media’s documentary about food insecurity in America, co-produced and -directed by his wife, Lori Silverbush. A Place at the Table, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures in 2013, has become the launchpad for a national movement centered on ending hunger in the United States.
Tom co-founded Food Policy Action in 2012 in collaboration with national food policy leaders, in order to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming. He has also been an outspoken voice on issues like GMO labeling and the use of antibiotics in food sources, and he continues to lobby for better anti-hunger policies in America.
“Without proper nutrition, kids can’t learn…their potential is getting cut short because they’re not getting the proper nutrition that they need.” – Tom Colicchio