Tom Colicchio’s $175/person restaurant sells out; he plays guitar for charity

Part of CBS Sunday Morning’s food-themed episode Sunday featured a profile of Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio that explored his career and philosophy about food–and actually ends with the famously cranky judge actually smiling and laughing. Perhaps more surprisingly, it includes photographs and video from the days when he had hair.

The profile introduces us to his wife and kitchen, his fridge (in which Tropicana orange juice and Stonyfield Farms milk is visible, and which must be stocked with Fresca, he says), and his hobby of playing guitar. He performed recently for charity alongside professional musicians, and says, “You know it’s fun; especially it’s fun when you’re playing with people who are so much better than you are. It keeps you on your game and makes you better.” The highlight of the segment, however, might be the images of him from his high school and beyond, when he had curly black hair and looked remarkably different.

The correspondent watches as he prepares dinner at Tom: Tuesday Dinner, his new New York restaurant that’s open twice a month, every other Tuesday. For $175 a person, Tom himself makes dinner for you, changing the prix fixe menu every night based upon what’s available that day. Despite the price, he said tables “sell out in five to 10 minutes.”

Tom: Tuesday Dinner

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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