Tom Colicchio shares a heartfelt message about filming Top Chef in Italy, exclusive clip

TOP CHEF -- "Lucca" Episode 1712 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio, Cristiano Savini -- (Photo by: Ernesto Ruscio/Bravo)
TOP CHEF -- "Lucca" Episode 1712 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio, Cristiano Savini -- (Photo by: Ernesto Ruscio/Bravo) /

As the Top Chef heads to Italy for the first time, Tom Colicchio shares a poignant message.

For many people, the Top Chef weekly episodes are moments to step back from the overwhelming moments of daily life. Ahead of tonight’s episode, Tom Colicchio speaks directly to fans.

In this short message below, he captures what many people are feeling. With so many questions that cannot be answered, people need those positive moments, the connection with others and the resolve to return stronger.

While the Top Chef finale was filmed last year, these episodes can be a way for people to embrace the inspiration that brings us to the table. From the village to the neighborhood to the family, the communal table has the food that will continue to nourish everyone.

Ahead of tonight’s episode, Bravo shared this exclusive clip from Tom Colicchio that will air prior to tonight’s episode.

While everyone is excited to see the five remaining chefs cook with truffles, pair apertivos with Peroni and eventually see a new Top Chef crowned, these episodes can be more than just another impressive Elimination Challenge win.

Italy, its culture and its people are warm, open and welcoming. That sense of hospitality is genuine. In between all the competition, these finale episodes can serve as an invitation to explore the country, its people and the food.

Still, at the end of the day, these chefs traveled to Italy for a competition and not a culinary vacation. Although the competition is both mentally and physically grueling, the inner desire to earn the title drives these chefs.

In this second exclusive clip from Bravo, the chefs comment about what it will take to get to the ultimate goal.

Looking at the five remaining chefs, anyone could and should win this season. Each chef has had high notes and some unfortunate choices. While a chef can have a bad night at his restaurant, this culinary competition does not afford any bad nights or bad dishes. As it has been said many times this season, even a good dish can get your sent home.

While it is difficult to speculate which chef has the best opportunity to win this season, it seems that chef’s inner drive will control his destiny. There is an old belief that chef’s emotions can be seen on a plate. In this case, it could be the chef that controls his emotions best that will have the advantage.

No matter the outcome in this week’s episode, foodies will be drooling over the challenges. From apertivo pairing with Peroni beer to truffle hunting, these challenges seem like the ultimate foodie bucket list. After seeing all the work to forage truffles, there might be an even greater appreciation for those precious fungi shavings.

As fans watch tonight’s Top Chef episode, take a moment to look beyond those mouthwatering dishes from the final five chefs. Let Tom Colicchio’s sentiment from the beginning of the show resonate. Take a moment to celebrate all the warm, open, hospitable people that have been part of your life and maybe share a plate with them.

Top Chef All Stars LA, episode 12 “Lucca” airs tonight, June 4 at 10 p.m. on Bravo. Additionally online programming is available on and online.

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