“ Top Chef ” contestant Aaron Grissom, dies at age 34

`` Top Chef '' contestant Aaron Grissom, dies at age 34

Aaron Grissom, the culinary star who participated in the twelfth season of the cooking series “Top Chef” has passed away. He was 34 years old.

“Bravo and the Top Chef family are sad to learn of the death of Chef Aaron Grissom from Season 12: Boston. Our deepest sympathy is to his family and friends,” Bravo, the network behind the TV show, told Fox News in a statement on Friday.

People magazine reported that the Pierce County Medical Examiner Office determined that Grissom’s death was caused by “multiple blunt injuries” in a traffic accident. His death has ruled out an accident.

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Aaron Grissom, contestant on Top Chef, has passed away.
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Before his death, a native of Tacoma, Washington, was cooking for touring as Billie Eilish, a fellow Grissom for the Tacoma News Tribune.

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Yu Nanakornvanum shared the post “He’s had a lot of events,” adding that Grisom and his wife had resided in Mexico before returning to Tacoma this year. “I think he had a good future ahead of him. He is always learning to do something. He was driven. He lived his life fully.”

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Grissom was ranked 11th out of 16 chefs who competed with them on Top Chef. He has also appeared on the Food Network series, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” while working as a chef for Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma.

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Grissom’s biographer “Top Chef” said he has “a passion for new Asian and American cuisine,” which was evident in his work at Nanakornphanom’s Indo Street Asian Eatery in Tacoma.

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