"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 "Navy brat" who has traveled the world and all fifty states. 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. At age 27, he became the youngest Four Star Chef to be named in any major U.S. city and was named one of Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chef" in 2004. In recent years 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", putting him in an elite club that includes luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey.
In May of 2008 at the age of 31, Graham opened the aptly named Graham Elliot, a restaurant that would not only bear his name but become an extension of his passionate personality, embodying his core belief that cooking is an artistic, creative outlet. Since opening its doors the restaurant has hypnotized the city of Chicago, garnering one Michelin star in both 2011 and 2012. In addition to major celebrities who regularly frequent Graham Elliot, the restaurant recently hosted an intimate birthday dinner for President Obama.
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