Graham Elliot Biography
Graham Elliot is an American chef. He is based in Chicago, Illinois. His birth name Graham Elliot Bowles. Elliot is known for The Real O’Neal (2016), Masterchef (2010) and Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker (2017). In 2009, Elliot 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.
Graham Elliot Age
Elliot was born on 4 January 1977 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is 42 years.
Graham Elliot Parents
Elliot is the son of Kate Tippett-Bowles and John Bowles. He lived all over the world with his parents, who were in the Navy.
Graham Elliot Education
He attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales and was off and running. Finding his way into inspiring kitchens around the country. He has traveled the world and all fifty states, sparking an intense interest in food and music.
Graham Elliot Weight Loss
Not too long ago he weighed in at a staggering 400lbs, but with this simple method he dropped 150lbs and kept it off. Surrounded by unhealthy ingredients, fatty foods, and calorie-laden dishes, it can be hard for chefs to stay in shape, often piling on the pounds. US celebrity chef Graham has gained numerous awards and critical acclaim for his cooking, appearing on Iron Chef, Masterchef, Top Chef Masters and opening his own eponymous French restaurant
But despite a successful and lucrative career, the TV chef was at risk of serious health complications and even early death, due to his 400lbs frame. Graham was the perfect candidate for a duodenal switch, a process that limits the food intake of patients with a BMI of over 50.
But due to the nature of the 41-year-old’s career, Graham needed to constantly ingest small bites of food, meaning this surgery was off the cards. Graham was instead fitted with a gastric sleeve, reducing his stomach size and shape dramatically, but still allowing him to ingest and digest food. In less than a year Graham lost a staggering 150lbs, nearly a third of his previous total bodyweight. Once in seriously poor health and sleeping with a device for sleep apnea, Graham now has dramatically lower blood pressure and levels of cholesterol.
But the challenge for Graham has been maintaining his jaw-dropping weight loss, changing his outlook on food as a whole. “I now look at food as fuel and focus on my protein intake. I’m in love with ‘pure’ flavors, things that are natural and delicious, minimally fussed with, that showcase the season. I combine that with portion control,” he told the Mail Online.
Graham Elliot Chef
At the age of 27, he was the youngest Four Star Chef to be named in any city. Elliot earned himself a spot on Crain’s Chicago Business list of 40 Under Forty. He put himself in an elite club that includes luminaries such as President Barack Obama. Elliot had the privilege of cooking for Obama on the President’s 49th birthday.
After graduating garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim. Elliot has 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). He also became the youngest chef in the States to receive four stars from a major publication all before the age of 30.
In May 2008, he opened his eponymous restaurant. It was the first French casual fine dining restaurant in Chicago. In 2009, Elliot 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.
Awards and honors
Graham Elliot Bistro received three stars from the Chicago Tribune. He also received two stars in the 2013 Michelin Guide. The restaurant was one of just three restaurants in the city to hold two Michelin stars. Only three Chicago restaurants have received the top award of three stars. He has been nominated for a James Beard Award three times.
Collaborations and marketing
Elliot has been a 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. 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. In June 2012, he opened Graham Elliot Bistro in Chicago’s West Loop. The bistro uses traditional 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.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed September 19 “Graham Elliot Day” in the city of Chicago. Elliot was a pitchman in an infomercial for the Gotham Steel Double Grill.
Graham Elliot Net Worth
Elliot is an American chef and reality television personality who has a net worth of $1.5 million dollars. Graham also is known as Graham Elliot Bowles, was born in Seattle, Washington. He began working as a busboy and dishwasher when he was eighteen.
Graham Elliot Wife | Graham Elliot Children
Graham resides in Chicago with his wife/business partner Allie Elliot, and his three children, Mylo Ignatius, Conrad Matthias, and Jedediah Lindsay. Elliot sings and plays guitar.
Graham Elliot Restaurants | Graham Elliot restaurants Chicago
In May 2008, he opened his eponymous restaurant. It was the first French casual fine dining restaurant in Chicago. As of February 2018, Elliot launched his first restaurant project in Asia, Coast at MGM Cotai.
Graham Elliot Tattoos
Getting his first tattoo as soon as he turned 18, Elliot has gone from a design he drew himself. “It didn’t have any real meaning behind it like the first one I think for most people” – to band tattoos, to extremely unique works that demand a second (and third) look.
Elliot’s left leg boasts a “maze with a man lost in the middle”, an ode to Face to Face, because “when you’re 18 and fighting the world, that’s what you’re all about.” While the four ‘F’s on his arm is a shout out to Jawbreaker, “which was like my favorite band and saved my life in high school by being on all the mixtapes.”
A father of two boys whose middle names are Ignatius, after Ignatius J. Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces, and Mathias, after a chef he worked under at Charlie Trotter’s, the two saints sit perched on his upper arms. The tattoo on his right arm was designed by his brother, showcasing “birds that can’t fly overcoming their obstacles.
So it’s a kiwi with balloons, the penguin with the little propeller, a dodo with a jetpack and an ostrich with the giant fake wings.” As for the left, “it’s all the states I lived in growing up with a thumbtack in the city I was in and a symbol for each state; so Washington, California, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, Illinois, Vermont, and the Philippines.”
He also has ‘Innocence’ written down my arm in, like, prison-style font. That’s when Graham was 20 in Texas. Having worked from a variety of people, Erik Gillespie of Tomato Tattoo is now his artist of choice when the need for ink kicks in.
Graham Elliot Bistro
Elliot Bistro received three stars from the Chicago Tribune, and two stars in the 2013 Michelin Guide. The restaurant was one of just three restaurants in the city to hold two Michelin stars (only three Chicago restaurants have received the top award of three stars). Sadly it is now closed.
Graham Elliot BaseBall
There Is A Revolution Happening In America. Fans Have Become Very Food Savvy And Chefs Across The Country Are Bringing Restaurant Quality Food To Ballparks Everywhere. I Think That Baseball As A Whole, I Am A Huge Romantic When It Comes To The History And The Stats And The Numbers The Stories Behind It, So I Would Consider Myself A Pretty Big Fan.
Graham Elliot Cookbook | Graham Elliot Recipes
In the first cookbook from Elliot, co-host of the popular Fox series MasterChef and MasterChef Junior. It has 100 deliciously creative recipes show home cooks the basics of cooking and combining flavors. It urges them to break the rules and put their own spin on great meals. For more information please click here.
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