Aaron Grissom — Quick Facts about the 'Top Chef' Contestant Who Is Dead at 34

Rebelander Basilan
Sep 20, 2020
04:30 P.M.
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Aaron Grissom, best known for competing on Season 12 of "Top Chef," recently died at the age of 34. Here's everything we know about the Washington native.

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In 2014, Aaron Grissom earned recognition after competing on the hit Bravo's cooking reality TV series "Top Chef." He passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident on September 9.

According to the report, the talented cook apparently lost control of his motorcycle after striking a curb in a roundabout. Scroll down for more details about the life of the celebrity chef.

Photo of Aaron Grissom during the Season 12 of "Top Chef." | Photo: Getty Images

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HE EARNED FAME BECAUSE OF "TOP CHEF"

In 2014, Grissom went to Boston to join the popular cooking reality television series "Top Chef." He competed against 16 other chefs for the title. Unfortunately, he faced an early exit. He was placed 11th in the competition, going home in week six of the show.

HE APPEARED ON ANOTHER SHOW

Grissom ran the kitchen at Dirty Oscar's Annex on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma, WA, for quite a while. He and the eatery were featured on an episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," a Food Network series.

Aaron Grissom with the other chefs during the Season 12 of "Top Chef." | Photo: Getty Images

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The show was hosted by Guy Fieri. According to Grissom, his method of cooking is new American. He added that they "take classic traditional food and spin it way out."

HE WAS A CO-OWNER OF A RESTAURANT

Grissom was the co-owner of Tacoma's Moshi Moshi restaurant as well as the chef. They serve up ramen and Japanese BBQ. In 2019, Grissom decided to leave the restaurant on good terms.

Katie Weinner and Aaron Grissom during the Season 12 of "Top Chef." | Photo: Getty Images

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HE RELOCATED TO MEXICO DURING PANDEMIC

Yu Nanakornphanom, who worked with Grissom as co-owner of Moshi Moshi, said in an interview that Grissom relocated to Mexico amid the COVID-19 pandemic along with his girlfriend.

Nanakornphanom said that he thinks Grissom had a promising future ahead of him. "He's always learning to do something," Nanakornphanom added. "He was driven. He lived his life fully."

Photo of Aaron Grissom during the Season 12 of "Top Chef." | Photo: Getty Images

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HE COOKED FOR TOURING SINGERS

After leaving Moshi Moshi, Grissom began working at a restaurant, cooking for touring musicians, including pop star Billie Eilish. However, his new career path hit a roadblock because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as nearly all artists canceled their shows this year.

As reported by TMZ, law enforcement told them that Grissom seemed to have lost control of his 2018 Suzuki GSX-R750 after striking a curb in a roundabout. The outlet's insiders said witnesses told cops that before the crash, they saw Grissom's motorcycle traveling at high speed.

Photo of Aaron Grissom during the Season 12 of "Top Chef." | Photo: Getty Images

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According to the Pierce County medical examiner, Grissom's death was ruled as an accident. They said he suffered "blunt force injuries." Witnesses claimed that they found him on the ground and that his motorcycle was about 100 feet beyond him.

In related news, "Top Chef Masters" winner Chef Floyd Cardoz died on March 25 after suffering complications from COVID-19. His company said that the chef started having a fever on March 18. He was then airlifted to a hospital, where he tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

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