Tom Colicchio: Waiters Are Not Laughing at You


“People go to high-end restaurants and expect it to be snobby. They get their hackles up. They see a waiter talking to another waiter, sharing a joke, and think they’re being laughed at. Come on. That’s not the case. In New York, [waiters are] writers, dancers and painters. They don’t have money to go to fine-dining fancy restaurants! They’re not from some highfalutin’ background and going to look down at you. They’re working-class people — like everyone in restaurants.” — Tom Colicchio during a post-Outstanding Chef Beard Award interview with CNN