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Top Chef Season 12 Contestant Aaron Grissom Has Passed Away

The Top Chef alum, who competed in the Boston season, was 34.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Aaron Grissom Top Chef Dies

Aaron Grissom, one of the contestants in Season 12 of Bravo's Top Chef, has passed away. He was 34.

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Aaron died in a motorcycle accident, according to The News Tribune, who first reported the news. The outlet reported that the Pierce County medical examiner ruled his death an accident.

"Bravo and the Top Chef family are saddened to learn about the passing of Chef Aaron Grissom from Season 12: Boston," a Bravo spokesperson said in a statement. "Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends."

Aaron, who was originally from Tacoma, Washington, competed in Season 12 of Top Chef, which took place in Boston. He placed 11th out of 16 chefs in the competition.

Before competing on Top Chef, Aaron worked as the chef of Bow & Truss in North Hollywood. He also served as chef at Dirty Oscar's Annex in Tacoma and was part of the team to open a second location in Roundup, Montana. Aaron most recently helmed the kitchen at Moshi Moshi, a ramen bar in Tacoma, up until last summer, according to The News Tribune.

Aaron was reportedly cooking for touring singers, such as Billie Eilish, before concerts were canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to The News Tribune. The outlet also reported that he had been living and working in Mexico during the pandemic before returning to the Tacoma area.

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