Graham Elliot, a critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur and television personality, is one of the most recognized faces cooking in America today. Growing up a “Navy brat” allowed him the opportunity to travel the world and all 50 states, opening his eyes and mouth to the amazing flavors found around the globe.
At age 27, Elliot became the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city and was named one of Food & Wine magazine's “Best New Chefs” in 2004.
In May of 2008, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot, which is now one of only 15 restaurants in the U.S. to be awarded two Michelin stars. In December 2010, Elliot opened the fast-casual sandwich shop, Grahamwich, offering eclectic sandwiches, homemade sodas on tap, truffled popcorn and seasonal soft serves. In June of 2012, he opened his third restaurant, Graham Elliot Bistro, in Chicago's West Loop. The bistro uses old-school techniques and ingredients to showcase its take on classic American cuisine.
That same year also saw Elliot named “Chef of the Year” and inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame. Additionally, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed September 19 “Graham Elliot Day” in the city of Chicago.
Elliot, a singer and guitarist in his own right, is also the Culinary Director of Lollapalooza, where he caters to the headlining bands and oversees the food offerings at the festival.
In addition to his judging duties on four seasons of FOX’s MASTERCHEF, Elliot has been a contestant on “Iron Chef America” and has appeared on two seasons of “Top Chef Masters.” He currently is filming a new cable series.
In recent years, Elliot has accrued several prestigious accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation nominations, as well as being named one of Crain's “40 Under Forty,” alongside President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
Elliot resides in Chicago with his wife and business partner, Allie, and their three children, Mylo Ignatius, Conrad Matthias and Jedediah Lindsay.