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Chef Graham Elliot Leaves MasterChef -- Is A New Restaurant Next?

By Janet Rausa Fuller | December 21, 2015 2:33pm
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Chef Graham Elliot is leaving Fox's "MasterChef" TV series after six years as a judge.
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CHICAGO — Chef Graham Elliot hinted that his run as a judge on Fox's "Masterchef" might be nearing its end, and on Friday he made it official.

"It has been an awesome experience to be part of the MasterChef family," said Elliot in a statement posted on Twitter to his 169,000-plus followers. "I learned so much from the people I got to work with and it has been a true honor to share my love of cooking with the audiences who have allowed me into their homes over the last 6 years."

The bespectacled Elliot, owner of Graham Elliot Bistro in the West Loop, was one of the three original judges on the cooking competition, along with British chef Gordon Ramsay and restaurateur Joe Bastianich, who left last year.

Elliot, who released his first cookbook this fall, told DNAinfo in November that he planned to open another restaurant in Chicago that would return him to his fine-dining roots.

"It's finding that balance and making sure I can be there almost every night," said Elliot, a Morgan Park resident. "I don't know if that means the TV thing goes away, but obviously the restaurant would be in Chicago and we'd absolutely make sure it's something we can do as perfectly as we can."

Elliot said Friday he would be "making some exciting announcements" in the new year. He didn't return messages for comment on Monday.

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