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Tom Colicchio – 21 Quotes

 

21 Quotes by Tom Colicchio

 

You hit a certain age and – especially because of TV – the young cooks coming up say, ‘You’re a sellout, because you’re doing something other than what you should be doing.’ ‘Top Chef’ is a double-edged sword for me: There’s a whole group of people who will not come to the restaurants because they assume I’m not in them anymore, all I do is TV.

– Tom Colicchio


A couple of months ago, I was down in Florida for the Food and Wine Festival. And this journalist grabbed me and said, ‘How does it feel to be a TV guy? You’re no longer in the restaurant business.’ And I laughed. I asked him, ‘How long do you think it takes me to do a season?’ He said, ‘Well, 200 days.’ And I was like, ‘200 days? Try 20!’

– Tom Colicchio


I started cooking in kitchens right out of high school, and I was lucky to work with a lot of great people, but I had no idea it would turn into this. Of course no one should go into this business because they want to be the next Emeril.

– Tom Colicchio


As a chef, I had started working with groups like Share Our Strength and various local food banks in New York, raising money for hunger-related issues. And not only me, but the entire restaurant industry has been very focused on this issue.

– Tom Colicchio


Asian food is very easy to like because it hits your mouth very differently than European food does. In European food, there may be two things to hit – maybe sweet and salty, maybe salty-savory, but Asian kind of works around, plus you have that distinct flavor that’s usually working in Asian food.

– Tom Colicchio


Hunger is a political issue, and there are several things politically that are keeping people hungry – not funding food stamps adequately, not funding school lunches adequately. So there is a political solution to the problem of hunger.

– Tom Colicchio


I can’t deliver lines, but I can talk about food all night long.

– Tom Colicchio


I think steak is the ultimate comfort food, and if you’re going out for one, that isn’t the time to scrimp on calories or quality.

– Tom Colicchio


I travel around and hear from so many kids. Their parents say they were always very picky but they watch the show and they want to try stuff. The show is entertainment, but I think it has done so much for the public perception of what food can be.

– Tom Colicchio


In New York, I’ll walk down the street and someone will say, ‘Nice show,’ and that’s it. If I’m at a food festival, it’s open season.

– Tom Colicchio


There’s a food revolution going on throughout the country. And it doesn’t matter if you’re down south, up north in Maine, if you’re out west in Portland or Seattle.

– Tom Colicchio


There’s the issue of hunger, and there’s an issue of if you’re going to cut out food programs. We should be focusing on healthy food. Right now, fruits and vegetables are very expensive. So what can we do on the policy side to bring the cost of fruits and vegetables down?

– Tom Colicchio


We are not really privy to all that crazy stuff that goes on in the show. I go to work, eat, and talk about food. The wild things happen when we aren’t around. I expected Top Chef to last three or four seasons and we are now shooting season ten.

– Tom Colicchio


We’re adults. We’re the ones who should teach the kids what’s good to eat. I don’t think the government should ever regulate what we eat at home, but we’re feeding them in school with tax dollars. Quite frankly, if my tax dollars are being spent to feed kids, I’d rather feed them better food.

– Tom Colicchio


You can buy a box of low-fat macaroni and cheese made with powdered nonsense. I’m not worried if I’m using four different cheeses and it’s high in fat. It’s real food. That’s what’s more important.

– Tom Colicchio


You have to know the classics if you want to cook modern food.

– Tom Colicchio


It’s funny how I use social media because I don’t use it to promote my restaurants that much. I use it for social issues and I think that’s what it’s for. I do a few things – I mess around with music a lot because that’s a passion of mine. If something strikes me and I want to share it, I do.

– Tom Colicchio


So you can say, ‘Get Big Government out of here, and don’t tell me what to eat,’ but when kids are going to school, and they’re being fed junk, we’re pretty much telling them what to eat, and we’re telling them junk is OK.

– Tom Colicchio


Even cooking at home, the difference between my wife cooking and me cooking is major. When my wife cooks, the kitchen looks like a disaster. When I cook it’s completely clean and organized and it doesn’t look like anyone has been cooking in there.

– Tom Colicchio


Most cooks try to learn by making dishes. Doesn’t mean you can cook. It means you can make that dish. When you can cook is when you can go to a farmers market, buy a bunch of stuff, then go home and make something without looking at a recipe. Now you’re cooking.

– Tom Colicchio


Recipes tell you nothing. Learning techniques is the key.

– Tom Colicchio


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