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Top Chef's Tom Colicchio Recalls Son's Premature Birth

05/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tuesday night Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio will host a benefit for Children of Bellevue, a charity that assists and educates kids treated in the New York City hospital. But thanks to his personal connection to the hospital, the real celebration takes place later this month when Colicchio's son, Dante, turns 16.

"Sixteen years ago, my son was born eight weeks early," says Colicchio. "He was 2 lbs., 5 oz." The hospital where he was delivered had no more neo-natal ICU beds, so Dante was transferred to Bellevue, where he would spend the first two months of his life. Unable to ride in the ambulance with his newborn, Colicchio ran through the rain, still wearing scrubs from the birth.

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