Best Celebrity Chef We Hope Sticks Around Awhile

Tom Colicchio



Celebrity chefs are teases. They show up in our city to open restaurants with all the fanfare befitting a star of culinary shows, cookbook empires and morning television. And then, faster than you can blow out a pilot light, they’re gone, leaving an executive chef to labor anonymously under the banner of their august name while we are left to wonder who was that toque’d man who plated our lamb. Here’s hoping that when Heritage Steak opens in late August celebrity chef and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio sticks around a little past opening weekend, if only to give us one of those squinty, stony stare-downs from his place at the pass.

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