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Nobody embraces the 'chefs are the new rock stars' more than Graham Elliot

Some people say chefs are the new rock stars. Chicago’s own Graham Elliot certainly fits that bill.

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Some people say chefs are the new rock stars. I don’t know what that makes rock stars now, but as far as chefs go, it makes sense.

“Celebrity” chefs can be charismatic, ornery, loud, funny, a little bit nuts and. . . talented at multiple things: cooking, of course, but also self-promotion, business savvy and showmanship.

And when it comes to that suite of talents, Graham Elliot fits the bill. The Chicago-based chef behind Grahamwich and his self-named upscale restaurant has a brand-new space, G.E.B., in the West Loop. Here he talks Grahamwich, food at Lollapalooza and more.

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