Tom Colicchio is a relative newcomer on the celebrity scene, but he's been a fixture in the restaurant world for many years. While Colicchio is known best for his role as the host of Bravo's "Top Chef," he cemented his status as a restaurateur when he opened the popular Gramercy Tavern in New York City in 1994. He then went on to create the Craft family of restaurants, which now have outposts all over the country. Colicchio is known for his no-nonsense, low-drama demeanor, which translates well to his style of cooking.
As anyone who's ever eaten at one of the Craft restaurants can tell you, Colicchio's recipes tend to focus on single ingredients that are prepared simply and served family-style, emphasizing the craft of cooking, rather than the art form. The down-to-earth "Coleek," (as he is fondly referred to by his fans) firmly believes that salt and pepper is the most underrated seasoning combination, insists on roasting meat rather than grilling it and prefers to groove to some reggae while cooking up his feasts.