Friday Fives: Graham Elliot

We’ve been grilling AFW chefs every Friday to find out more about their favorite wines, restaurants, and more. This week, it’s Graham Elliot – a critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur and television personality who also happens to be one of the most recognized faces cooking in America today.

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1. What’s your favorite easy dish or cocktail to make?
Pasta with olive oil, grated Parmesan and whatever seasonal veggies I can find. It’s great to cook with and for my kids.

2. What inspired you to become a chef?
I loved the idea of working with my hands and learning a craft/trade. Soon, I discovered cooking could be an artistic/creative outlet and from then on, I was on the path.

3. What’s your favorite restaurant (besides your own)?
I don’t have a favorite restaurant; I try to hit up as many spots as possible when I travel and places are opening all the time.

4. What’s your favorite cookbook or book about food?
Definitely Ma Gastronomie by Fernand Point. My wife Allie got me a signed first edition copy for Christmas this year – priceless (literally)!

5. What are you most excited about doing / seeing/ tasting at AFW?
Few towns are as exciting as Austin – the celebration of food and music creates an atmosphere unlike any other. Can’t wait!