Chef Colicchio won the Best New Chef award while he was at: Mondrian, in New York City. The restaurant is now closed and previous to that he was at the incredible Quilted Giraffe 1 Think Like a Chef by Tom Colicchio at the AT&T Building, Gotham Bar and Grill, 40 Main Street (Millburn, New Jersey). Many of his delights can be found over at FoodandWine. This is my favorite his Short Ribs. Click on this link and a video will take you through the recipe.

Colicchio was born on August 15, 1962 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He got married on September 14, 2000, place unknown though I imagine NYC.

Colicchio’s chart

Mapping Colicchio

Colicchio’s ascendant is 22 Aquarius, Stars in a distant galazy imploding via the Hyperion Symbols. This represents the powerful events that have great influence by an unerring sense of orderly steps that build toward a limitless assumption.

The chef is a Locomotive with his lead planet Jupiter in Neptune, the natural ruler in the first house. Since Jupiter becomes his focal determinator, it highlights his determination to excel in his field by creating new twists to traditional recipes and thereby exalting them to culinary works of art.

This is supported by his progressive Moon married to a tentative Mercury — he can easily envision recipes and then meticulously work out the process that will create them for his patrons so it can be repeatable process.

  • Colicchio’s Line of Vitality is in opposition.
  • His Line of Efficiency is absent.
  • His Line of Motivation is semi-sextile.
  • His Line of Culture is sextile.

His Part of Fortune is 23 Leo 42 in the sixth house of servants and service and suggests he has great acumen in not only be precise but also able to develop his creations in a timely fashion. It has the symbol of clock set at exactly 8.01. The chef has won the James Beard Foundation Medal five times and is no surprise, as he and Beard have the same elemental setup though with different planets.

TV chef Julia Child also has same basic elemental mix except for a bit more Fire that makes sense for a woman who trail-blazed her way into the gourmet game and onto tv; by the way Colicchio shares the latter’s birthday.


Colicchio has written a slew of books on cooking. In no particular order they are:

  • Bringing it home: favorite recipes from a life of adventurous eating (coauthored with Gail Simmons and Johnny Miller)
  • The Oxford Companion to Beer (coauthored with Oliver Garrett)
  • James Beard’s American Cookery (coauthored with Jim Beard)
  • Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird (coauthored with Gabriel Rucker, Meredith Erickson, Lauren Fortgang, & Andrew Fortgang)
  • Try this at Home: Recipes from my head to your plate (coauthored with Richard Blais)
  • Salt to Taste: The Key to Confident Delicious Cooking (coauthored with Marco Canora, Cathy Young, John Kerrick)
  • the Last Course: the Desserts of Gramercy Tavern (coauthored with Claudia Fleming, Melissa Clark, & Danny Meyer)

His Solo efforts are:

  • Top Chef: The Cookbook
  • Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen
  • Witchcraft: Craft a sandwich into a meal


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