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The Daily Dish Going Off the Menu

Graham Elliot Says He Had the "Craziest" Food Experience in a Deserted Car Wash Parking Lot With Lance Bass

The host of Going Off the Menu reveals his memorable food moments.

By Maggie Shi

Graham Elliot has the best job ever. In addition to serving as a Top Chef judge beginning in Season 14 (tasting all that delicious food!), the celeb chef recently hosted the digital series Going Off the Menu, in which he roamed all over Los Angeles hunting down the coolest, tastiest, and craziest hidden eats and drinks in the city. Accompanied by a celebrity guest or two, of course.

We took a quick moment to catch up with Graham about eating emu eggs, hanging out with Lance Bass, and what he would eat for his last meal on earth.

The Feast: What was your favorite moment or experience from Going Off the Menu?

Graham Elliot: I don't think I could name just one. I know this sounds like a generic answer but honestly driving around, hanging out and chatting with friends was the highlight.

The Feast: What was the tastiest thing you ate or drank?

GE: The illegal cheeses were to die for!

The Feast: What was the weirdest or craziest moment?

GE: I think when Lance Bass and I were in the parking lot and somebody ran up to the car and slammed on our window was the craziest part.

The Feast: What was the most surprising thing you tasted while filming the show?

GE: That emu egg. I have had one cooked before but never turned into an eggnog, that was pretty amazing.

The Feast: If you were going to open a secret underground speakeasy/dinner club, what would it be and what would you make people do to get in?

GE: That's a good question, maybe something that changes the theme every week so that it would stay fun and fresh. Might have to do some kind of dance off to get in!

The Feast: What ingredients do you think are overrated right now?

GE: Hard question because you have fine dining ingredients like caviar and truffles and then you have everyday ingredients like kale and avocado—but what is overrated and over [for] years to one person is just being discovered by another.

The Feast: What's been your biggest kitchen disaster or most epic cooking fail?

GE: Doing a cooking demo at Disneyland [in April 2017], getting in a fight with the Japanese mandolin and having to get eight stitches.

The Feast: What would you eat for your last meal on earth?

GE: A white trash fried scrapple and egg sandwich with melted American cheese on untoasted white bread.

The Feast: What projects are you working on right now?

GE: In addition to just finishing Going Off the Menu, I am about to begin filming Top Chef season 15, will be reopening my restaurant in Chicago this summer, opening a new place in Macau, overseeing the food at Lollapalooza and doing a pop-up in Wrigley Field!

Watch the video above to see all the crazy delicious Going Off the Menu moments with Graham.’s digital series Going Off the Menu takes viewers on an exclusive culinary adventure as host Graham Elliot uncovers the most delicious offerings within Los Angeles’ underground food scene. From a secret supper club serving smuggled cheeses to an eight-course liquid dinner, join Lance Bass, Cheryl Burke, Reza Farahan, and more as they give fans the secrets to unlock these extraordinary food experiences.

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