White-glasses-wearing MasterChef judge Graham Elliot is getting back into the restaurant business: After closing every single property he operated, news comes via the Macau Daily Times that the Chicago-based chef is opening a restaurant called Coast in the upcoming MGM Cotai. He’ll be joined by Mauro Colagreco (of the two-Michelin-starred Mirazur in France), Mitsuharu Tsumura (of Peru’s Maido, currently ranked No. 2 on the Latin America’s 50 Best list), and Janice Wong (of Singapore’s famed 2am:dessertbar). The property is aiming to open later this year.
Elliot had quite a run as a chef and owner of a portfolio of Chicago restaurants. His 2008 solo debut Graham Elliot earned two Michelin stars. Then in 2013, things started getting bumpy, even as his television career was taking off. Elliot shuttered his sandwich shop Grahamwich, open since 2010. That year, he also announced he would close and relocate his eponymous fine-dining flagship. It never reopened. In 2014, he opened and then quickly closed a restaurant in Connecticut. There was still Chicago’s Graham Elliot Bistro; however, in 2016, the chef announced he would close and re-concept that, too. The re-opening was supposed to happen in 2017, but as of yet there’s been no news. (Fittingly, the chef’s website is also under construction.)
Per the MDT’s report, Elliot’s Macau restaurant will take “inspiration from America’s relaxed West Coast lifestyle” and “offer dishes that capture the spirit of California and West Coast flavors.” The paper got the following quote from the chef: “I know what it means to cook light, seasonal, and most importantly, delicious food!”
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