"You hit a certain age and - especially because of TV - the young cooks coming up say, 'You're a sellout, because you're doing something other than what you should be doing.' 'Top Chef' is a double-edged sword for me: There's a whole group of people who will not come to the restaurants because they assume I'm not in them anymore, all I do is TV."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Tom Colicchio on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Tom Colicchio on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Tom Colicchio on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Tom Colicchio on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Tom Colicchio on Robert Frost
"A couple of months ago, I was down in Florida for the Food and Wine Festival. And this journalist grabbed me and said, 'How does it feel to be a TV guy? You're no longer in the restaurant business.' And I laughed. I asked him, 'How long do you think it takes me to do a season?' He said, 'Well, 200 days.' And I was like, '200 days? Try 20!'"
"I started cooking in kitchens right out of high school, and I was lucky to work with a lot of great people, but I had no idea it would turn into this. Of course no one should go into this business because they want to be the next Emeril."
"I can't deliver lines, but I can talk about food all night long."
"Hunger is a political issue, and there are several things politically that are keeping people hungry - not funding food stamps adequately, not funding school lunches adequately. So there is a political solution to the problem of hunger."
"You can buy a box of low-fat macaroni and cheese made with powdered nonsense. I'm not worried if I'm using four different cheeses and it's high in fat. It's real food. That's what's more important."
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