"Most cooks try to learn by making dishes. Doesn't mean you can cook. It means you can make that dish. When you can cook is when you can go to a farmers market, buy a bunch of stuff, then go home and make something without looking at a recipe. Now you're cooking."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Tom Colicchio on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Tom Colicchio on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Tom Colicchio on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Tom Colicchio on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Tom Colicchio on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."