"Cooking and creating are two of my deepest passions, with my cuisine best characterized by the simple idea of allowing ingredients to taste like themselves. My culinary imagination has brought a keen excitement to those who have experienced my artistic approach to fine dining. I strongly believe in using foodstuffs at their flavorful peak, and simply being a conduit between Earth and the guest. The abundance of land, sky and waters are viewed as cherished gifts."
Chef Graham Elliot is a creative culinary wizard with an innate ability to successfully juxtapose four-star cuisine with humor, wit and out-of-the-box artistry. As a current co-host and judge on Fox Network's hit cooking competitions, MasterChef and MasterChef Jr., Elliot offers his expert advice to show contestants. Combining his passion for food with a love of music, Elliot will return to Lollapalooza in 2015 as the culinary director, an honor he's held for the past 7 years.
Along with regular TV appearances on Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, The Today Show and Nightline, Elliot has also seen his share of competition in the culinary ring having participated on both Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters. In addition to his regular TV work, Elliot also oversees his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot Bistro located in his hometown of Chicago.
In recent years Elliot, who is a self-proclaimed "Navy brat" who has traveled the world and all fifty US states, has accrued many prestigious accolades including multiple James Beard Foundation Nominations, as well as being named one of Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chefs" in 2004. To top it off, Graham Elliot was also awarded two Michelin stars, making it one of only to fifteen in the United States to have that distinction.
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 Preseisent Barack Obama, who Elliot had the privilege of cooking for on his 49th birthday.
When he is not cooking, Graham enjoys traveling the world in search of new flavors, techniques and inspiration. He resides in Chicago with his wife Allie and his three boys, Miylo, Conrad and Jedediah.
Allie Bowles is chef Graham's wife and co-owner of graham elliot and g. e. b. Having been born and raised in Chicago, Allison has a keen understanding of the wants and needs of the people that make up the great city in which the restaurant is located. Allison graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in hospitality management, and then went on to work at the famed five star / five diamond Peninsula Hotel. During her three years working there, she quickly ascended the ladder to eventually become a Food & Beverage manager.
Since the opening of graham elliot, Allison has had a hand in all facets of the operations, assisting in public relations, guest services and brand development.
In addition to their three restaurants graham elliot and g. e. b., Allison and Graham have three beautiful sons; Mylo Ignatius, Conrad Matthias and Jedediah Pope.
Graham Elliot Bistro offers several options for guests seeking private dining spaces:
Our Chef's Table can accommodate up to eight guests and is set off of our open kitchen.
Additionally, the bistro is available for seated dinners from eight to 50 guests and receptions up to 100.
We also feature our al fresco patio seasonally that can accommodate parties between 10-50. Our secluded outdoor patio features original cobblestone and beautiful plantings.
If you are interested in hosting a private or large party event at Graham Elliot Bistro, please submit the form at the right or call:
Graham Elliot Bistro