UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the Santa Barbara debut of Top Chef’s influential head judge, the James Beard Award-winning chef Tom Colicchio in An Evening with Tom Colicchio at UCSB Campbell Hall on February 22 at 8 p.m.
Colicchio is one of the culinary world’s most celebrated figures. As lead judge on Top Chef, he serves as the final arbiter of taste, a no-nonsense opinion giver and respected mentor to the “cheftestants” vying for the title of Top Chef. A self-taught cook, Colicchio is chef-owner of New York City’s celebrated Gramercy Taven and Craft, dubbed “a vision of food heaven” by the New York Times. In 2011, he won the highly coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, one of the most prestigious culinary honors in the U.S.
The New Jersey native set out to expand his simple, elegant brand of cooking by opening other eateries, including Craft’s casual sibling, Craftbar; Colicchio & Sons and Riverpark in New York; Craftsteak at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; Crafts in Los Angeles and Dallas; and ‘wichcraft, a chain of more than a dozen upscale sandwich shops throughout the U.S. Colicchio is also the author of three best-selling cookbooks, including the James Beard Award winner, Think Like a Chef (2000), Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen (2003) and ‘wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal – And a Meal into a Sandwich with chef Sisha Ortuzar (2009).
A special Food Truck Feast will be held before the show from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. outside of Campbell Hall Local gourmet food trucks will offer up delectable dishes in the drop-off loop near Campbell Hall. The Burger Bus, O Street Truck, and Sweet Arleen’s (a gourmet cupcake truck from Westlake Village and two-time champion of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars) will be selling delicious meals and treats.
For tickets or more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805/893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.