Filming for Top Chef: Charleston begins today
Attention, Charleston. Top Chef
's Tom Colicchio is in the city. Last night the head judge of the Bravo series made his arrival known with the following tweet:
With filming officially underway, the Top Chef
excitement is just about to begin, but for some it's not about celeb spotting rather the arrival of an old boss and mentor. Turns out many Charleston chefs have a Colicchio connection thanks to the co-founder of Gramercy Tavern and founder of Craft restaurants long reach. Colicchio also owns Colicchio & Sons in New York City, Craftbar, Craftsteak at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Craft in Los Angeles, Colicchio & Sons and Riverpark in New York, Heritage Steak at The Mirage in Las Vegas, and 14 ‘wichcraft sandwich shops. So it's no wonder a handful of local chefs have spent time in his kitchens.
Here's who has a Colicchio connection:
Executive chef and owner of forthcoming Scarecrow, Feathertop, & Wise-Buck on Ann Street.
Wise worked at Gramercy Tavern before becoming chef de cuisine and executive chef at Craft. According to his bio, he also “oversaw the openings of Craftbar in New York and Craft restaurants in Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta. In 2010, Wise oversaw the transition of Craftsteak in New York to Colicchio & Sons, helping to earn the restaurant three stars in The New York Times
Former chef at The Lot, now working with Mike Ray at Normandy Farms Bakery
he honed his skills at Craft.
chef de cuisine at Scarecrow, Feathertop, and Wise-Buck.
England worked at Craft in Los Angeles for eight years.
Home Team BBQ Pitmaster
While he was working at The Beach Club at Kiawah Island as a cook he had the opportunity to work with Colicchio. The chef is the consulting chef for Kiawah Island Club's Voysey's.
Executive Chef at Kiawah Island Club's Voysey's.
Colicchio consults with the chef at the restaurant.
Executive Chef at The Boathouse
According to his StarChefs.com biography, Arena worked as sous chef at Tides at the Beach, a Colicchio project.
Owner of catering business, Feast.
Casebier did a stint at Colicchio's
restaurants in New York City in 2015.
handles marketing/communications and operations at Butcher & Bee.
Ryan was Colicchio's assistant from 2011-2013 and headed up special Projects and communications for him and Crafted Hospitality from 2013-2015.
chef de cuisine at The Ordinary.
Vanderwarker worked at Colicchio's Craftbar in NYC.
chef de cuisine at Cru Cafe.
Guilfoyle worked at Colicchio's Colicchio & Sons during a tour staging throughout New York.
Executive chef at The Westendorff
Former sous chef at Craft.
: owner of Interactive Home Cooking
Kotz was the executive chef at Colicchio's Topping Rose House
in Bridgehampton, N.Y.
Ann Ladson: Metalsmith
who creates eating utensils.
worked at Craft in 2004 in the pastry department.
Know of other Colicchio connections? Email me at email@example.com.