Tom Colicchio Offers Words of Warning to Future Chefs


In this video for the Discovery Channel, Tom Colicchio emphasizes that chef “means boss. That’s all it means,” and that, while being a chef is now a respected profession, becoming one doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to be on TV.

He also notes that the skill set necessary to turn out restaurant food is far different from cooking a great meal at home. And that TV has created unrealistic expectations for a career in culinary endeavors. Colicchio — host of the wildly popular Top Chef, and executive chef of Craft and Colicchio & Sons, among other restaurants — points out that it should take five to 10 years of cooking before even becoming a sous-chef. Patience, would-be chefs! Truer words were never spoken.

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