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Grant Gillon Biography – Grant Gillon Wiki
Grant Gillon is a contestant on the 13th season of MasterChef: United Tastes of America, which premiered May 24, 2023, on Fox. Gillon is currently the director of sales at Kinship Brewing Co. in Waukee, Iowa.
Gillon graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012 with a BS in leisure studies, with a focus on recreation and sport business, which is now known as the sport and recreation management program.
After graduation, Gillon went to work in the golf industry, and quickly learned that golf was a sport he loved to play but didn’t necessarily want to work in. So, he switched over to the hospitality industry, working for a few hotel brands. But he was furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic as people traveled less.
It was about that time that Gillon was starting to take cooking more seriously—and it helped him land his current job as director of sales at Kinship Brewing Co. in Waukee, Iowa.
“My now boss at Kinship Brewing Co. happened to see my food photos on social media and reached out to see if I wanted to be a chef at the brewery,” Gillon says. “I said I had never worked in a kitchen before. But I told him I liked craft beer and I could sell it for him, so how about we figure something out? The rest is history.”
Grant Gillon Age
Grant Gillon was age 32 at the time of his audition for the 2023 MasterChef: United Tastes of America. He hails from Altoona, IA.
Grant Gillon Wife
Grant Gillon is married to his wife Emily Gillon, a trainer and therapist. Gillon said MasterChef is one of his favorite cooking competitions, and one that he and his wife, Emily, always watched.
“I always thought that it would be cool to try, but that was for someone else, not ‘Grant from Altoona.’ I was confident in what I did in the kitchen, but they were on another level,” Gillon said. “My wife has always been a great supporter of everything I do, and she said, ‘Grant, you have to do this. You have to take this opportunity to apply and just see what happens.’”
Gillon and his wife, Emily, have a son, Grady Gillon.
Grant Gillon MasterChef
Grant Gillon is a contestant on the 2023 series of MasterChef: United Tastes of America. This season, MasterChef: United Tastes of America divides the home cooks into four regions of America—Northeast, Midwest, West, and South. To earn their aprons and proceed, the contestants had to wow the judges with a dish that represented their region. For Gillon, that dish was roasted corn agnolotti with lemon, butter, and chives.
Gillon, who still lives in Altoona, sent videos of himself cooking and then flew out to Los Angeles to compete for the $250,000 grand prize on the FOX television show.
“When I was really learning to cook, I studied Gordon Ramsay. So, the opportunity to meet him in person and present a dish to him has been an incredible full circle,” Gillon said. “It’s been a surreal experience and one that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.”
Grant Gillon Family
MasterChef Season 13 contestant Grant Gillon’s parents met as students at the University of Iowa, and his older sister also attended the university.
Grant Gillon’s Instagram handle is @grant_gillon.