Tom Colicchio was obviously thrilled to hear that his hit TV show Top Chef garnered two Emmy nominations Thursday morning – “It feels great!” – but the award-winning chef admits he’s a bit preoccupied these days: his wife is expecting a baby!
“We’re having a boy,” he told PEOPLE, adding that the baby is due in early August. “That’s [my] real news!”
Tom, who has a 16-year-old son from a previous relationship, says that he and his writer/director wife, Lori Silverbush, are so prepared that they even have a name picked out, though he won’t reveal what it is.
“We’re keeping it under wraps,” he demurs. “Our parents don’t know the name yet.”
That’s not to say they haven’t asked. Tom also tells PEOPLE that his mother was (unsurprisingly!) thrilled to learn of the new addition.
“This is her seventh [grandchild]!” he says. “In fact, that’s how we broke it to her. We gave her a little onesie with the number seven on the back of it. She opened it up and she’s like, ‘What?!’ “
So will his new son be expected to follow in the footsteps of his Beard-award-winning dad?
“He could do whatever!” Tom says, adding that both his sons, “can do whatever they’d like to do as long as they’re happy.”