Tom Colicchio is the chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, which includes New York’s Craft, Riverpark, Temple Court and Small Batch; Craft Los Angeles; and Las Vegas’ Heritage Steak and Craftsteak. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Tom made his New York cooking debut at prominent restaurants including The Quilted Giraffe, Gotham Bar & Grill, and Gramercy Tavern before opening Craft in 2001. He opened ‘wichcraft – a sandwich and salad fast casual concept rooted in the food and hospitality philosophies of Craft in 2003.
To broaden his long-standing activism around food issues, Tom executive produced the 2013 documentary “A Place at the Table” about the underlying causes of hunger in the U.S. This eye-opening experience took Tom to Washington DC where he has been a mainstay since. From holding members of Congress accountable on their voting records to working with former FLOTUS Michelle Obama on the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, Tom has established himself as “Citizen Chef” advocating for a food system that values access, affordability, and nutrition over corporate interests.
Tom and his restaurants give back to the community through their impact partnership with FEAST and by serving on the boards of Children of Bellevue, City Harvest, and Wholesome Wave. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Lori Silverbush and their three sons. When not in the kitchen, Tom can be found tending his North Fork Long Island garden, fishing, or playing guitar.
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