When it comes to a new baby in the home, one would think a toddler would have more trouble than a teen. Not so, says Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio.
“[Dante, 18] is actually having a harder time adjusting to the baby than the 21-month-old [Luka],” Colicchio told PEOPLE Wednesday at an Electrolux event in N.Y.C.
“My oldest son is away at college. He’s away from home and I think he feels a little left out, because he’s not here every day with him.”
Since Mateo Lev‘s arrival nine weeks ago, big brother Luka has taken to his new role quite well.
“I can really see the affection he has for Mateo — he just loves his little brother,” said Colicchio, 48.
“Although I think he wishes his little brother could do more. He doesn’t do much; he just kind of sits there, but it’s great.”
While his two youngest sons are bonding, Colicchio wants to reconnect with his eldest. He and Dante are writing a book together this summer.
“I’m teaching him — not so much how to cook in a restaurant, but basic life skills,” the chef explains. “A big part of it is the fact that he’s an adult now, our relationship is changing, and we’re reconnecting as adults.”
– Jasmine Hyatt