“Chef” is pretty far down on Tom Colicchio’s list of job titles these days.
The grand poobah of Top Chef can be found advocating for legislation to label GMOs, speaking out about how to fight hunger in American communities and agricultural subsidy reform, just to name a few issues he’s taken to heart since becoming closely acquainted with a personal story of hunger.
He was familiar with hunger issues from his work as a chef and fundraisers for Food Bank for New York City and God’s Love We Deliver, among many others. But six years ago his wife, Lori Silverbush, was mentoring a young girl whom they learned was going hungry at her private school, which didn’t serve breakfast or lunch.
She ended up making a film, A Place at the Table, and Colicchio never got off the soapbox it provided. “We learned very quickly that the problems that we had in this country was not a lack of resources but bad policies, and therefore bad politics,” he says.