Graham Elliot

Chef, TV Personality

Chicago

Culinary wizard Graham Elliot juxtaposes haute cuisine with humor and out-of-the-box artistry. At age 27, he became the youngest Four-Star chef to be named in any major U.S. city. Then at age 31, he opened Graham Elliot, a restaurant that would not only bear his name, but embody his core belief that cooking is an artistic, creative outlet. He closed his namesake fine-dining restaurant in December 2013. From December 2010 to August 2013, Elliot ran the casual sandwich shop Grahamwich in Chicago's River North area. His third Chicago restaurant, g.e.b., offers a stripped-down, seasonally focused menu. In addition to appearing on Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters, he co-stars alongside Gordon Ramsay in the FOX series MasterChef. 

  • On August 22, 2012
    Graham Elliot answered the question: Graham Elliot

    Which destination does Graham Elliot want to visit?

    London. I’ve never been. [Fellow MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay] and a lot of the producers on the show are from Manchester, and are always like, “You gotta come.” And my investor from the restaurant is there. I really, really want to check it out. I’ve been to Italy, Belgium, Spain, France and part of Germany. My favorite out of all of those was Strasbourg, which was the coolest. The thing that I do is go to all of the churches. I just get so excited with these old churches, the history and relics. It’s just so fascinating. I’d love to go to London for all of that stuff. 
  • On August 22, 2012
    Graham Elliot answered the question: Graham Elliot

    What are Graham Elliot's favorite restaurants?

    That’s always a hard one because restaurants change so much with the people who come and go from there, and places open and close. In Chicago, there are great places like GT Fish and Oyster, Yusho, Longman & Eagle, Urban Belly. I think the most exciting restaurant in the country — and not just in Chicago — is Next. To be able to change all the time, it’s like going to culinary school. I’ve been to the real El Bulli in Spain, which was a pretty marvelous experience. Per Se was one of my favorite meals in the U.S. Swan Oyster Depot is super awesome. 
  • On August 22, 2012
    Graham Elliot answered the question: Graham Elliot

    What are Graham Elliot's favorite restaurants?

    That’s always a hard one because restaurants change so much with the people who come and go from there, and places open and close. In Chicago, there are great places like GT Fish and Oyster, Yusho, Longman & Eagle, Urban Belly. I think the most exciting restaurant in the country — and not just in Chicago — is Next. To be able to change all the time, it’s like going to culinary school. I’ve been to the real El Bulli in Spain, which was a pretty marvelous experience. Per Se was one of my favorite meals in the U.S. Swan Oyster Depot is super awesome. 
  • On August 22, 2012
    Graham Elliot answered the question: Graham Elliot

    What's the best trip Graham Elliot has ever taken?

    I actually went by myself in February of 2003 for about two weeks through the Southwest. I drove through Colorado, Nevada and Utah and hit all the state parks. It was kind of a spiritual journey. You’re hanging out under the stars at Arches National Park or the Grand Canyon seeing those things. There’s a certain loneliness that comes, and to have to work through that is really interesting and makes you stronger. Seeing those things kind of gets stamped into your mind a little more — they last a long time.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Graham Elliot answered the question: Graham Elliot

    What's the best trip Graham Elliot has ever taken?

    I actually went by myself in February of 2003 for about two weeks through the Southwest. I drove through Colorado, Nevada and Utah and hit all the state parks. It was kind of a spiritual journey. You’re hanging out under the stars at Arches National Park or the Grand Canyon seeing those things. There’s a certain loneliness that comes, and to have to work through that is really interesting and makes you stronger. Seeing those things kind of gets stamped into your mind a little more — they last a long time.