On the Monday morning following one of Boston’s biggest snowstorms ever, with a snow emergency still in effect outside, celebrated New York-based chef Tom Colicchio is settled into a suite at the Hotel Commonwealth. Friendly and polite in person, the man millions of television viewers are used to seeing as the authoritative lead judge on the wildly popular competition cooking show “Top Chef” isn’t here to talk about himself or his food. He’s here with his wife, filmmaker Lori Silverbush, to highlight the shameful fact that in our country of plenty, far too many people don’t have enough to eat.
The hunger crisis in America is the subject of Silverbush’s new documentary, “A Place at the Table,” which she produced and directed with partner Kristi Jacobson. Colicchio is an executive producer and one of several hunger experts and activists who appear in the film. The powerful documentary, which opens in theaters (as well as via On Demand and iTunes) on Friday, draws attention to the little-known fact that nearly 50 million people in this country (including one in four children) don’t know where their next meal is coming from, a problem that’s all the more frustrating because the nation arguably has the resources to provide affordable, nutritious food for everyone.