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

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.