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

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

about the writer

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.