Chef Tom began his love affair with French cuisine at L’Auberge des Champs in Kentucky before training under master chefs at the Michelin Guide three-star L’Oustau de Baumanière in France, the Mobil five-star Le Francais in Illinois, and the fabled Ma Maison in Los Angeles. In 1992, he went on to open Ciboulette in Atlanta, a nationally acclaimed modern French restaurant that was ranked in the top 10 by Condé Nast and in the top 25 nationwide by Esquire magazine.
Since bringing his expertise to Colorado, Chef Tom has been busy in the best culinary sense, hosting the Taste of Iceland in Denver, and serving as a guest chef at the 2014 Food & Fun Festival in Reykjavík, Iceland. He has been a guest chef at the Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival, and won multiple awards at the annual Beaujolais & Beyond Festival, including for Best Appetizer in 2015 for his blue crab cake with a Champagne tarragon nage. In addition, he is a regular participant in Aspen Food & Wine and the Telluride Wine Festival, and has been repeatedly invited to be a part of the “Table at The Lodge Guest Chef Series” at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. In August 2017, Tom was a featured chef at the 10th annual Sabor Barranquilla gastronomic festival in Barranquilla, Colombia, where he demonstrated cooking techniques and participated in culinary forums using his recipes and the Colombian region’s ingredients.
Tom was also a key player in the 2017 Plate of Union Farm Bill Summit, where he joined an elite group of chefs tasked with addressing the country’s hunger issues through a series of conferences and meetings with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., with a primary focus on the critical goal of revamping the food labeling system.
Along with Diane, Chef Tom also co-founded IKONIC Chef, a groundbreaking line of chef wear, featuring chef coats that have been designed specifically to address the singular needs of today’s culinary professional, using high-performance, breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics, hoping to mirror textiles available to elite athletes.
Awards & Press
- James Beard Award