Graham Elliot
Graham Elliot

Judge Biography

An award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author Graham Elliot, a self-proclaimed Navy brat who has traveled the world and all 50 U.S. states, has accrued many prestigious accolades including multiple James Beard Foundation nominations. At age 27, he became the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city, and was named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs in 2004. In May 2008, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant Graham Elliot, which went on to become one of only 15 restaurants in the U.S. to be awarded two Michelin stars.

In 2016, after 10 seasons on the MasterChef and MasterChef Jr. franchise, Chef Elliot left the show to join Bravo's Emmy® Award-winning hit cooking competition series Top Chef as a full-time judge alongside Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons. Elliot is also the host and star of Bravo's digital series Going Off the Menu.

As a life-long baseball enthusiast, Major League Baseball has recently tapped him to be the host of their "MLB Grub Tour," as well as their culinary correspondent. Elliot, an avid music lover and guitarist in his own right, is also culinary director of the Lollapalooza music festival, an honor he's held for the past decade.

As of February 2018, Elliot launched his first restaurant project in Asia, Coast at MGM Cotai. In addition, he'll also be unveiling his new concept, Gideon Sweet, a collaboration with his friend and mentor, Matthias Merges, in Chicago's West Loop.

In 2013, Elliot decided to make a life change and focus on his health and family, and to date, has lost an amazing 150 pounds. Since then, he has run a marathon and continued to keep the weight off so that he can spend more quality time with his wife, Allie, and this three boys, Mylo, Conrad and Jedediah.