Tom Colicchio, Craft (New York, NY)
"I was 15 years old, and my father suggested I should become a chef. The support of my parents was a huge first step. They knew I had a passion for cooking, and having their support was essential to finding success in my career.”
"I always wanted to work with my hands, and was in the middle of the rebellious, punk-rock phase of my life (which has now entered its third decade). Working as a dishwasher at age 17, I fell in love with the energy of the kitchen. The camaraderie, bonding, and commitment. The dedication to pushing yourself to the limits, all of these made me realize I didn't just want to commit myself to my relationship with food, but absolutely needed to!"