Name: Graham Elliot Bowles
Born: Seattle, Washington
Occupation: Chef, author and television personality
Graham Elliot was born on January 4, 1977 in Seattle, Washington. Described as a “Navy brat” and lived all over the world, Graham is the son of John Bowles and Kate Tippett-Bowles. He officially changed his name to just Graham Elliot after he reported constant typos from media outlets.
At the age of 18, he dropped out of high school. After high school, he started working in the food industry as a busboy and dishwasher. He would go on to attend the Johnson & Wales University culinary school.
Graham is currently married to Allie. They have two children, Conrad and Jedediah Lindsay. He also has another son from a previous marriage. His name is Mylo.
Following completion of culinary school, Elliot gained positive reviews at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, and worked under Chef Dean Fearing. Afterwards, he went to work at The Jackson House Inn & Restaurant in Woodstock, Vermont. He would locate to Chicago and work under famous chefs Charlie Trotter and Rick Tramonto. Finally, he would work at Avenues at The Peninsula hotel in Chicago. Because of Graham, he would earn the restaurant a four-star rating from such outlets as The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.
What many find incredible is that he was the youngest Four Star Chef in any city at just the age of 27. This allowed him to cook for United States President Barack Obama’s 49th birthday.
In 2008, Graham launched his very first restaurant, a bistronomic restaurant in the heart of Chicago. It would become just one of three restaurants to maintain two Michelin stars – it would also earn three stars from the Chicago Tribune. He later open a second and third restaurant called Grahamwich and Graham Elliot Bistro.
His extensive culinary work has also helped him be a three-time nominee for the James Beard Award. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed Sept. 19 as “Graham Elliot Day.”
All of this success in the restaurant industry assisted him in achieving national prominence on television. In 2007, Graham competed against Iron Chef Bobby Flay for the hit television series “Iron Chef America.” He defeated Bobby Flay by two points. A year later, he appeared on “Top Chef Masters.”
Graham has become mostly known for his appearance as a judge on the ultra popular reality competition series “MasterChef.” He served as a judge for six seasons, alongside Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich. Graham also served as a judge for “MasterChef Junior” and “Cooks vs. Cons.”
Graham published “Cooking Like a Master Chef: 100 Recipes to Make the Everyday Extraordinary” in 2015.
We estimate that Graham Elliot’s net worth is $1.5 million (2015).
So how much is $1.5 million really?
$1.5 million, though a lot of money, is still less than Gordon Ramsay’s $100-plus million and Joe Bastianich’s $15 million.
$1.5 million could buy you a lot of trips to Graham’s three Chicago restaurants. $1.5 million could also buy you tuition to the Johnson & Wales University for 20 students.