Wednesday, March 12, 2008

‘Top Chef’ Judge Likes The Heat In The Kitchen

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio is a pro at handling the heat in the kitchen.

Colicchio – a renowned American Chef and restaurant owner – is the head judge on Top Chef, but still spends the majority of his time running the fast-paced kitchens of his Craft Restaurants in New York City.

Colicchio gets recognized by fans of Top Chef all the time on the job, who can’t believe he’s actually working instead of enjoying his reality TV stardom.

However, Colicchio insists he’s a chef first, and a judge on a reality TV competition second.

He explains, “I’m in my kitchen all the time! I have to balance the show with my real job.”

But sometimes his fans don’t fully understand his duties.

Colicchio says, “People will come up to me at my restaurant on a Wednesday night, and say, ‘What are you doing here? Aren’t you supposed to be at your show?’ And I usually say, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot!’”

Top Chef: Chicago premieres tonight (Mar. 12) on Bravo.

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