The culinary world is mourning the loss of Aaron Grissom.
E! News confirms Grissom, who competed on season 12 of Top Chef, died Sept. 8 following a motorcycle accident in his native Washington state. He was 34.
According to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Grissom’s cause of death was “multiple blunt force injuries” suffered during a traffic collision.
Bravo addressed the news of his passing in a statement to E! News, which read, “Bravo and the Top Chef family are saddened to learn about the passing of Chef Aaron Grissom from Season 12: Boston. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends.”
According to a colleague of Grissom’s, who spoke to the Tacoma News Tribune, he was cooking for touring artists such as Billie Eilish prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yu Nanakornphanom told the publication that Grissom and his girlfriend were living in Mexico prior to his return to Tacoma this year, which he described as “unexpected.”