Over the course of Top Chef's seasons, we've gotten to know and love judges, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, but there's fresh meat this season. Graham Elliot is no stranger to the culinary world (or Top Chef), with years of experience and even some serious recognition for his work. Check out six fun facts about chef Graham that you need to know.
1. He's All About Giving Back
Graham's a busy guy, but he still takes the time to give back to the causes cherishes most.
2. He's Competed on Cooking Shows, Including Top Chef
Graham competed in the very first season of Top Chef Masters! Throughout his career, he was also a co-host and judge on Masterchef and Masterchef Junior and competed as a contestant on Iron Chef America.
3. He's a Chicago Native
After growing up as a navy brat and traveling through every U.S. state and many different countries, he was proud to establish Chicago as his home base. He was even inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame!
4. He Has the Sweetest Family
He and his wife and business partner, Allie, are such loving parents to their three boys, Mylo Ignatius, Conrad Matthias and Jedediah Lindsay.
5. He Loves Baseball and Will Work With the MLB Soon
He's a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and rejoiced the team's recent World Series win. Graham is set to work with the MLB as the new host of the digital series "MLB Grub Tour Paired with a Budweiser".
6. He's Behind All the Delicious Food at Lollapalooza
He's brought his love of music and passion of food to Lolla as the Culinary Director since 2009.
Take a walk down memory lane with Graham here: