We’re not big fans of Tom Colicchio or of Top Chef, that’s our personal opinion, but somehow they both seem to stay on the air and have some sort of sway over the tastes, or lack thereof of of the general American populace – blame his Okay food or blame BravoTV. Granted when Top Chef first came on air, it was amazing, but now, as with most things these days its becoming a parody of itself, creating dubious celebrity chefs, with lots of attitude and modest talent.
Alas, we can find Tom, in his own words, by way of The Huffington Post get a bit of the side story. So it seems… it starts out simple enough, did you know that Colicchio said no at first?
“Back in 2005 when the producers of Top Chef came calling, Tom Colicchio turned them down, three times. Having opened Gramercy Tavern just as the Food Network launched into mainstream America, he recalled Mario Batali coming into Gramercy just after signing his first TV contract. Colicchio witnessed the rise of chefs as TV celebrities, and he simply didn’t want to go there himself.”
“They were so persistent, so I finally talked to them about what it was they were actually doing, because I never had before. Once I got an idea of the show, I realized it wasn’t about me. I was being asked to be a judge and a mentor, so I decided to consider it.”
Hmmm, well actually the show does seem to be about him, he’s the personality, love him or hate him.
Talking Top Chef With Tom Colicchio By Regina Varolli for the full article, its actually quite good even if the show is tired.