Add the bacon and slowly cook until the fat begins to render. Graham Elliot Bowles was born in Seattle, Washington. In 2009, he appeared on the TV show Top Chef Masters. He’s a creative culinary wizard with an innate ability to successfully juxtapose four-star cuisine with humor, wit and out-of-the-box artistry. Chef General Information Graham Elliot Elliot then moved to Chicago to work under the famed Charlie Trotte and Rick Tramonto at TRU. He dropped out of high school at the age of 18 and started out in the food business as a dishwasher and bus boy. Graham Elliot Bowles In recent years, he has accrued several prestigious accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation nominations as well as being named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ list of “40 Under Forty”. He will also host Spike TV’s new reality show “Covert Kitchens”. Elliot was born in Seattle, Washington, as a self-described "Navy brat". When he’s not traveling the globe in search of gastronomic inspiration, he resides in Chicago with his wife and business partner, Allie, and his three children, Mylo, Conrad and Jedediah. He is a former judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior. Seattle, Washington He afterwards appeared on Today. Elliot responded by delivering a profane tweet insulting the magazine. In addition to major celebrities who regularly frequent Graham Elliot, the restaurant recently hosted President Obama’s birthday dinner with such guests as Oprah Winfrey in attendance. A self-described "Navy brat", Graham has traveled the world and all fifty states, sparking an intense interest in food and music, which led him to attend Johnson & Wales University. Dinner and brunch are served, and an outdoor patio provides additional seating in the summertime. Since graduating from Johnson & Wales University in 1997, he has garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim, including multiple James Beard Foundation He has worked as the Culinary Director at Lollapalooza, a three-day music festival in Chicago, every year since 2009, where he has cooked for both the public as well as backstage for the performers. Since opening its doors, the restaurant has hypnotized the city of Chicago, garnering one Michelin star in 2011 and a second in 2012. Season Graham, a singer and guitarist in his own right, is the Culinary Director of Lollaplooza where he helps set up ChowTown with the best chefs and restaurants Chicago has to offer. Under Elliot, Avenue earned a four-star rating from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Magazine as well as a AAA Five Diamond Award.