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Subjected to everything from nearly inedible insects to heart-wrenching sob stories on last night’s premiere, MasterChef judge Graham Elliot made it through the night with his trademark humor intact. We chewed the fat with the chef about the intense two-hour premiere.

MasterChef judge Chef Graham ElliotAbout the show

A stay-at-home mom, an ex-NFL'er, a professional wrestler… the contestants vying for the title of Master Chef come from all walks of life. The hit FOX series, which debuted its 4th season last night, pits everyday people against each other for the chance at a quarter of a million dollars, their own cookbook and the honor of being called America’s next Master Chef.

The show’s three-judge panel boasts some serious culinary cred — it consists of award-winning chef and Hell’s Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and highly acclaimed Chef Graham Elliot.

About Chef Graham

Since becoming the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city when he was only 27, Graham Elliot has gone on to become one of the country’s most acclaimed chefs, not to mention restaurateur and television personality.

Elliot opened his eponymous first restaurant, Graham Elliot, in 2008, which is now one of a mere 15 restaurants in the country to hold two Michelin stars. Grahamwhich — a fast-casual sandwich shop — came next, followed by Graham Elliot Bistro in Chicago’s West Loop.

When not whipping up culinary masterpieces or molding the minds of MasterChef contestants, Graham lives in Chicago with his wife and business partner Allie, and his three children, Mylo Ignatius, Conrad Matthias and Jedediah Lindsay.

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