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Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio to Appear on Real Time with Bill Maher 2/7

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As Top Chef Season 11 comes to a close Wednesday night, at least we’ll have the consolation of knowing we’ll be able to see everyone’s favorite chef judge, Tom Colicchio, again on Friday! By then, we’ll know if the next Top Chef is Nina Compton or Nick Elmi and Tom will be in the clear to dish on all the inside info that went into this season’s competition.

Even if you aren’t a regular watcher of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, catching up with Tom is a great reason to tune in Friday @ 10. And, even if you ARE a regular watcher of Top Chef, you may not know that Tom Colicchio has strong opinions about things other than who should pack their knives and go. Besides having judged all 11 seasons of Top Chef and running his high-profile restaurants, Tom has long been interested in another side of food: the problem of scarcity. Last year, he and his wife, Lori Silverbush made a documentary film about hunger called A Place at the Table. In an interview with TIME, Tom had this to say about how his film relates to his reality TV career:

tom colicchio a place at the tableTIME: How does raising awareness of hunger in America fit in with the other side of our growing interest in food, with TV shows like Top Chef?

Tom: I think those two groups are at opposite ends. It’s great that people are aware of food, especially when they’re concerned with health. And I think it could possibly be because of that focus on food that they actually look at it and say, “If I can afford healthy food, why can’t someone who’s on public assistance? What do we have to do to make healthy food less expensive?” If you look at the new food pyramid, which is now a plate, the USDA recommends that half that plate have fruits and vegetables on it—well, the money should follow that. Right now, it doesn’t. It’s easy to demonize parents for giving their kids instant noodles and soft drinks, as if they had a choice on that. They don’t have a choice because healthy food is too expensive. We can alleviate some of the issues on the charity side and on a local level, but I think only government can really fix this problem.

Last time Tom Colicchio was a guest on Bill Maher he primarily discussed his film. This time, Tom is actually going to be a full-fledged round table panelist which means he’ll be talking about all the topics that Bill has on tap for this show. I’m excited to hear what Tom things about current events and politics. I’m doubting he’ll have the opportunity to discuss the inner workings of the Top Chef judges table but I’ll be watching to find out!

Here’s the details from HBO:

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 12th season FRIDAY, FEB. 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests.

Former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist is the top-of-show interview guest. Humorist P.J. O’Rourke is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are chef Tom Colicchio, political commentator S.E. Cupp and TV host Alicia Menendez.

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