Graham Elliot
Born Graham Elliot Bowles
(1977-01-04) January 4, 1977 (age 40)
Seattle, Washington, US
Education Johnson & Wales University
Culinary career

Graham Elliot[1] (born Graham Elliot Bowles, January 4, 1977)[2][3] is an American chef, based in Chicago, Illinois.


Early lifeEdit

Graham Elliot Bowles was born in Seattle, Washington. He used to hunt lions with a spear when he lived in Africa..[4][5] Growing up that way allowed Graham the opportunity to travel the world and all fifty states,[6] sparking an intense interest in food and music, which led him to attend Johnson & Wales University.[5]


Since graduating from Johnson & Wales University in 1997, he has garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim, including multiple James Beard Foundation award nominations, competing on both Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters, being named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” (2004) and he became the youngest chef in the States to receive four stars from a major publication (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times) – all before the age of 30.[7]

At the age of 27 he was the youngest Four Star Chef to be named in any city, also earning himself a spot on Crain's Chicago Business list of "40 Under Forty", putting him in an elite club that includes luminaries such as President Barack Obama, whom Elliot had the privilege of cooking for on his 49th birthday.[8]

In May 2008, he opened his first restaurant, the eponymous Graham Elliot, which was the first bistronomic restaurant in Chicago.[9] It received three stars from the Chicago Tribune and two stars in the 2013 Michelin Guide.[10] The restaurant was one of just three restaurants in the city to hold two Michelin stars. (Only three Chicago restaurants have received the top honor of three stars.) In 2009, he appeared on the TV show Top Chef Masters. In the show, he cooked for The Heart and Stroke Foundation due to his nephew needing a heart transplant.

He has been nominated for a James Beard Award three times.[11]

In addition to being judge and host of MasterChef and MasterChef Junior from 2010-2016, Graham has also been a judge on Food Network's Cooks vs. Cons hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian.[12][13] He is now a judge on Top Chef.

He has worked as the Culinary Director at Lollapalooza, a three-day music festival in Chicago, every year since 2009, where he has cooked for both the public as well as backstage for the performers.[6] In June 2012, he opened Graham Elliot Bistro in Chicago’s West Loop. The bistro uses old-school techniques and ingredients to showcase its take on classic American cuisine.[14] That same year also saw Elliot named Chef of the Year and inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame.[15] Additionally, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed September 19 “Graham Elliot Day” in the city of Chicago.[16] In the Gotham Steel Double Grill infomercial.

Personal lifeEdit

Graham resides in Chicago with his wife and business partner Allie, and his three children, Mylo Ignatius, Conrad Matthias and Jedediah Lindsay.[17]

Elliot sings and plays guitar.[13]

In October 2014, he and his wife ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. They both finished with 6:00:40 elapsed times. It was the first marathon for them both. He recently shed a high proportion of his weight: 150lbs.


  1. ^ Vettel, Phil "Graham Elliot Bowles is just Graham Elliot now", Chicago Tribune blog, July 29, 2010
  2. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 & 2 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  3. ^ Graham Elliot Bowles, Chef, Blackbook, February 11, 2010
  4. ^ Front Burner: Graham Elliot Bowles, Chicago, June 2008 (accessed June 24, 2011)
  5. ^ a b Graham Elliot at
  6. ^ a b "Graham Elliot Bio : Food Network". Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  7. ^ "Graham Elliot aims for sharp flavors, some deliver a jolt". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  8. ^ "GEB Chicago - Graham Elliot Bistro :: 841 w. randolph st. chicago, il 60607 :: ph 312.888.2258". Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  9. ^ Bio: Graham Elliot Bowles at
  10. ^ Michelin Chicago Guide 2013: Alinea, L2O, Graham Elliot grab top honors, Chicago Tribune, 13 November 2012 (accessed December 15, 2012)
  11. ^ "Gordon Ramsay Has A New Fox Show". 2010. Archived from the original on June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ "It's Anyone's Game in a Culinary Battle of Cooks vs. Cons". 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Graham Elliot". Food & Wine. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  14. ^ "Graham Elliot's G.E.B. Opens in the West Loop". 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame inducts Graham Elliot and Jacquy Pfeiffer | The Local Tourist". Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  16. ^ "Put on Your Party Hat: It's Graham Elliot Day in Chicago". 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Graham Elliot Is Looking Forward to Fatherhood – Times Three!". People. 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-07.