Top chef contestant Aaron Grissom dies at age 34 after ‘high-speed’ motorcycle accident in Tacoma
- Grissom died Tuesday after suffering ‘multiple blunt force injuries’ in Washington state incident
- The Pierce County medical examiner ruled that the death was an accident
- Grissom, who lived in Los Angeles at the time, competed in Top Chef: Boston against 15 other participants in 2014, but didn’t get too far into the competition
- He also appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives while working at Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma
- Grissom lived with his girlfriend in Mexico after the job dried up earlier this year due to the pandemic
Aaron Grissom, a contestant in Season 12 of Top Chef, was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Grissom died Tuesday after suffering “ multiple blunt force injuries ” in the incident that took place in Washington state.
The Pierce County medical examiner ruled that the death was an accident. He was 34.
A friend of Grissom’s – Yu Nanakornphanom, who worked with Aaron at the Moshi Moshi ramen bar – told the website that the accident happened in Chambers Bay, near Tacoma.
Tragic accident: Aaron Grissom, who participated in Top Chef: Boston in 2014, was killed in a motorcycle accident near Tacoma, Washington. He was 34
The News Tribune reported that University Place police responded to the scene when witnesses performed CPR on Grissom.
On-site witnesses described seeing Grissom approaching a bend in the road at high speed and hearing high revs from the motorcycle’s engine, the police report said.
It appears he lost control of his 2018 Suzuki GSX-R750 when he drove through a roundabout and hit a curb. He was wearing a helmet, police confirmed.
Grissom, who was living in Los Angeles at the time, competed in Top Chef: Boston in 2014 against 15 other participants, but didn’t get too far into the competition.
At the time, he was a chef at Bow & Truss in North Hollywood.
For Top Chef, he appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in an episode that visited Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma.
Grissom was back in Tacoma working as a chef before the pandemic forced some restaurants to close.
Aaron had worked as a chef in Los Angeles and Washington state and recently lived in Mexico after the pandemic hit the restaurant industry
He also cooked for touring singers like Billie Eilish before concerts were canceled due to COVID-19.
Nanakornphanom said Grissom was living in Mexico with his girlfriend after the work dried up earlier this year. He told the stands that his return to Tacoma was unexpected.
He paid tribute to his friend who he said gave him a kidney.
‘We were joking and he said,’ I can give you a kidney. “We just happened to be a match – we’re both Type O. It’s very rare to find Type O,” Nanakornphanom told the News Tribune.
Nanakornphanom told Aaron that he could wait three to four years for a kidney, and Aaron did not hesitate to offer him his kidney.
A friend of Grissom’s said he lived in Mexico with his girlfriend after restaurant work dried up earlier this year. He told the stands that his return to Tacoma was unexpected