A self-described “Navy brat”, Graham Elliot Bowles was born in Seattle, Washington and has traveled the world and all fifty states. While traveling, Elliot sparked an intense interest in food and music, which led him to attend Johnson & Wales University. Since graduating in 1997, he has garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim, including multiple James Beard Foundation award nominations, competing on both Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters, being named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” (2004) and he became the youngest chef in the States to receive four stars from a major publication (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times) – all before the age of 30. 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 President Barack Obama, whom Elliot had the privilege of cooking for on the President’s 49th birthday. In addition to being judge and host of MasterChef and MasterChef Junior from 2010-2016, Graham has also been a judge on Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian. He is now a judge on Top Chef and loyally wears The NEBB in white!