Graham Elliot Hosts Healthy Cooking Demo

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The Food Network and running a marathon don’t seem to go hand-in-hand. However one of the TV station’s biggest stars will be competing in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is offering a healthy eating cooking demonstration before he does. Graham Elliot, one of Chicago’s most famous chefs, will be leading a healthy cooking demo at the West Loop Mariano’s on Wednesday before running the marathon October 12.

Elliot became a nationally acclaimed chef after working at some of the city’s top restaurants, appearing on a number of national cooking shows including Top Chef and Iron Chef and has opened his own restaurant in Chicago name Graham Elliot Bistro. However, over the last year and change he has gone under a noticeable body transformation. The combination of healthy eating and exercise has led to dropped body weight and now his marathon debut.

Along with his wife and fellow chef Allie Bowles, Elliot will be preparing healthy dishes that the two enjoy before or after training runs. Also in attendance will be Bank of America Chicago Marathon race director Carey Pinkowski and Mariano’s in-house registered dietician Allison Parker who will be talking about nutrition and healthy eating.

Guests will not only be able to watch the recipes being prepared and take the recipes home, but also sample them on site. The event will start Wednesday  night at 6 p.m. and last for an hour and a half. The Mariano’s is located at 40 S. Halsted.


Tickets cost $25 with the money benefiting Smile Train, a charity set up to help children born with a cleft lip or palate receive the corrective surgery and related treatment.  This is a charity that Elliot and Bowles work closely with after their son was born with a cleft lip and palate. They will be running the marathon for team Empower on behalf of Smile Train. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.