Top Chef Finalist Loses His Life In Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle crash last week in Pierce County, Washington has taken the life of Top Chef finalist, Aaron Grissom. 

NBC in Los Angeles reports that according to University Place Police, the chef was killed on Tuesday, September 8th near Tacoma, Washington.  

According to eyewitness statements to police officers responding to the scene, Grissom was approaching a curve in the road on his 2018 Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle at a high rate of speed when he struck a curb and lost control of his vehicle.  He was found lying approximately 100 feet away from his motorcycle.  

First responders were called to the accident scene and began performing CPR on Chef Grissom. He was later declared dead at the scene. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the 34-year-old Grissom died as the result of “multiple blunt force injuries.”

Investigators say that Grissom had been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Grissom was a contestant on Season 12 of “Top Chef,” which was filmed in Boston in 2014, and he placed 11th out of 16 competing chefs. Grissom also appeared on the show, “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” when they were filming in Tacoma, Washington. 

A colleague confirmed to the Tacoma News Tribune that prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the closure of most events, Grissom had been touring with performing artists such as Billie Eilish.  A friend said that Grissom’s return to Tacoma had been “unexpected.”

Funeral arrangements for Grissom had not been announced at the time of the report.

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