Many chefs prefer a behind-the-scenes life. But not Graham Elliot, a Chicago-based Michelin two-star chef who took part in the 2013 Chicago Gourmet’s Grand Cru in September. Sponsored by The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, the Grand Cru offered culinary tastings from internationally renowned chefs paired with Chicago-based ones.
“I’ll do anything for attention,” admits Elliot, who’s also a much touted — and tatted — judge on Fox TV’s MasterChef with Gordon Ramsey and Joe Bastianich.
In 2004, at age 27, Elliot became the youngest four-star chef in any major U.S. city and Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef. Four years later, he opened his Chicago restaurant, Graham Elliot. There he was lauded with his first Michelin star (the Michelin Red Guide awards these coveted stars to establishments for excellence) in 2011, his second in 2013, and three James Beard Foundation nominations. His expanding
empire includes Chicago’s Graham Elliot Bistro and Primary Food & Drink, set to open in Greenwich, Connecticut, this winter.
At the Grand Cru, Elliot rolled up his sleeves alongside another young talent: Anthony Fusco of Lyon, France’s Table Lachassagne. In February 2012, at the age of 27, Fusco became the youngest Michelin-starred chef of the Rhône department, the French department located in the central Eastern region of Rhône-Alpes.