Chef Graham Elliot is the culinary mastermind behind two-Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant Graham Elliot, which tempers four-star cuisine with humor and accessibility. In a very short time, the young chef has accrued accolades, including Best New Chef in 2004 from Food & Wine magazine and three James Beard Nominations. At age 27, Elliot was the youngest four-star chef in America.
In May 2008, he opened the aptly named Graham Elliot, a restaurant that would not only bear his name, but become an extension of his passionate personality, embodying his core principles of humility, courage, vision, respect and focus. Elliot continues to break the mold at his restaurants – which also include West Loop casual concept Graham Elliot Bistro and fast-casual sandwich shop Grahamwich in River North – finding ways to incorporate his enthusiasm for music and art into everyday operations. Elliot first appeared at Lollapalooza 2009, a three-day music festival, with a tent in the public food court and a backstage meal for Jane’s Addiction.
Elliot was enlisted as Culinary Director for the entire festival in 2010, tasked with orchestrating his own handpicked line-up of Chicago-based chefs to feed festival-goers, and has continued to fill this role at each Lollapalooza since. Over the last four years, Elliot has cooked for musicians such as The Kings of Leon, Sound Garden, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Jack White, and The Black Keys, as well as hosted the first-ever Michelin-starred pop up restaurant backstage with Sean Parker of Spotify. In addition to appearing on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Graham co-stars alongside Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich as a judge on the FOX series “MasterChef.”