At age 27, Celebrity Chef Speaker Graham Elliot became the youngest Four Star Chef to be named in any major U.S. city. Since then, Graham has made a name for himself in the culinary industry as a restaurateur, television personality, and celebrity chef with two prestigious Michelin stars.
Celebrity Chef Speaker Graham Elliot has received countless accolades and nominations for prestigious awards throughout his career, including multiple James Beard Foundation nominations and being named one of Crain’s Chicago Business list of “40 Under Forty”, an elite club that shares the company of women such as Oprah Winfrey. In 2004, he was named Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef and he is the nation’s youngest chef to receive perfect reviews from Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.
Chef Elliot has worked alongside distinguished chefs, Chef Charlie Trotter, Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand during his time as Chef de Cuisine of Tru. He has also worked for award winning restaurants such as The Jackson House Inn & Restaurant in Woodstock, Vermont, and Avenues at The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. In 2008, he opened first restaurant and namesake, Graham Elliot, in Chicago, which was met with extreme success and awarded two Michelin Stars. In 2010, he opened Grahamwich, a low-key gourmet sandwich shop, and in 2012 launched his third restaurant, GEB (Graham Elliott Bistro) in Chicago. Elliot opened Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich, CT in December 2013, but closed in June 2014. He has also held such roles as the Culinary Ambassador for Lollapalooza, a huge summer music festival in Chicago, where he was in charge of cooking for the public and backstage for the performers.
Chef Graham branched out of his role as restaurateur when he starred on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters on two episodes in 2010. That same year, Elliot’s television personality landed him the role of a lifetime on ABC’s hit cooking competition series, Masterchef. The show, now in its fourth season, features Chef Elliot as one of three Master Chef Judges, alongside celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich.