Colicchio, Pingree Pursue 'Plate of the Union' Campaign

Chef Tom Colicchio, a guest of Rep. Chellie Pingree, moves toward the second floor after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in the Capitol's House chamber, January 20, 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Healthful dining advocates Tom Colicchio and Rep. Chellie Pingree are hoping to spark next-generation food policy activists with an organizing challenge designed to thrust college kids into the 2016 presidential race.  

Colicchio, the “Top Chef” personality who has graduated to judging politicians in his role as co-founder of Food Policy Action, is taking the fight for a better food system to battleground states.  

He’s prodding students at accredited colleges, universities or community colleges in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and North Carolina to help make alimentary issues part of the political conversation via the “Plate of the Union ” initiative.