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Music, "Top Chef," Food Activism and More with Tom Colicchio

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During Tuesday's two-hour special, "Out of the Kitchen" with Tom Colicchio, listeners were treated to an entirely different side of the chef, restaurant owner, and TV personality. Tom, who is perhaps most recognized for his role as the head judge on Bravo's "Top Chef," showed listeners that he's also a talented musician and a passionate world hunger activist. Throughout the two hours, he talked with the James Beard Award-nominated Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, owners of New York City's Torrisi Italian Specialties; Bill Telepan and Michel Nischan, both chefs and food activists; Phil Roy, chef-turned-musician; and Jonathan Waxman, chef at New York City's Barbuto. In addition, Tom played guitar and sang two songs with singer/songwriter Milton and his band. Watch video of the performance below and scroll down to listen to some of our favorite clips from the show.

 

Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone discuss what it's like to be nominated for a James Beard Award and who they view as their toughest competition, and Tom talks about what it was like to win the same award ten years ago:

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Rich and Mario discuss their experience at Cafe Boulud and the competitiveness that exists between cooks when working in a top-tier kitchen:

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Tom and Gail Simmons, judge on "Top Chef," discuss how it's the food, not the personalities (despite what some may think), that determine how they judge the "Top Chef" contestants:

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Tom and Gail discuss the impact of "Top Chef" on the larger culinary world:

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Tom, Michel Nischan, and Bill Telepan discuss the charity model and the impact of government in the fight against world hunger:

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Who is the best Italian chef in America? Tom and Jonathan Waxman weigh in:

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Chefs love to play music and musicians love to cook (and eat). Tom, Phil Roy, and Jonathan discuss the common convergance of music and food:

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1 "Out of the Kitchen" with Tom Colicchio

Guests enjoy food from 'witchcraft and cocktails courtesy of Craft restaurant.

2 Guests enjoy food from 'witchcraft and cocktails courtesy of Craft restaurant.

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Shaun, bartender at Tom Colicchio's Craft restaurant, mixes up some delicious cocktails.

4 Shaun, bartender at Tom Colicchio's Craft restaurant, mixes up some delicious cocktails.

Pole-caught tuna, slow-cooked pork, chicken salad, and goat cheese sandwiches from 'witchcraft.

5 Pole-caught tuna, slow-cooked pork, chicken salad, and goat cheese sandwiches from 'witchcraft.

Guests enjoy their Craft cocktails in the SiriusXM lobby before the show starts.

6 Guests enjoy their Craft cocktails in the SiriusXM lobby before the show starts.

Tom Colicchio, Milton, Jonathan Waxman, and band rehearse before the show.

7 Tom Colicchio, Milton, Jonathan Waxman, and band rehearse before the show.

Tom and Harold Deiterle, winner of season one of

8 Tom and Harold Deiterle, winner of season one of "Top Chef," discuss what he's been up to since winning, and what it was like preparing a tasting menu for the show's finale.

Tom sings

9 Tom sings "The Harder They Come."

Singer and songwriter Milton

10 Singer and songwriter Milton

Tom, Bill Telepan, and Michel Nischan talk about what they're each doing to prevent world hunger and improve the availability of healthy food in schools and communities across America.

11 Tom, Bill Telepan, and Michel Nischan talk about what they're each doing to prevent world hunger and improve the availability of healthy food in schools and communities across America.

Tom, Phil Roy, and Jonathan Waxman discuss the common convergence of music and food.

12 Tom, Phil Roy, and Jonathan Waxman discuss the common convergence of music and food.

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Jonathan was actually a musician long before he started as a chef.

14 Jonathan was actually a musician long before he started as a chef.

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