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MasterChef Judge Graham Elliot Savors Fatherhood

09/23/2010 at 01:00 PM ET
Courtesy Bowles Family

Graham Elliot couldn’t be happier to have another mouth to feed — the award-winning Chicago chef and judge on FOX’s MasterChef is a new dad.

“I am beyond excited!” Elliot tells PEOPLE of newborn Conrad Matthias Bowles, who arrived at 3:11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 weighing 8 lbs., 2 oz., and measuring 21″.

“[We were] a bit scared as the first ultrasound revealed that he was going to be born with a cleft lip and palate. Thankfully our prayers were heard as the cleft isn’t nearly as bad as we thought it would or could be.”

Conrad is the first child together for Elliot, 32, and wife Allie, the manager of the spa at Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel; Elliot also has son Mylo, 3½, from a previous marriage.

“Mylo says he is super excited to have a little brother,” Elliot says, “so long as he doesn’t play with his toys!”

To celebrate the baby’s arrival, Elliot’s fellow MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay sent balloons to the house and both Ramsay and Joe Bastianich reached out with personal congratulations. But the real celebration will be for Conrad when he can taste his father’s creations.

“I can’t wait to make him all sorts of amazing baby foods,” Elliot admits. “As a fall baby, I’m expecting he’ll start eating early next year, so that’ll mean purees of celery root, winter squash and other organic goodies.”

– Cynthia Wang

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ForeverMoore on

What a sweet little guy! Congrats to them!

meghan on

Very sweet. Congratulations!

Kimberlynn on

Congrats to them! What a cutie! Our middle daughter was born with a pretty severe cleft lip & palate too. It was hard to deal with the surgeries & whatnot but the surgeon did a great job repairing it. She’s 6.5 yrs old now & you can’t even tell that she had a cleft.

Shannon on

What a cutie pie!

mmh on

Spelled our new little guy’s name Konrad (original German; not a ‘yoonique’ spelling!!!) Love it!!!! =)

Sherry/Letty on

We love you, Allie, Elliot and baby Conrad!!!!!!

Elle on

What a precious little one! Hope everything goes well to correct the cleft. His name sounds so strong! His name means “wise counsel, gift of God”…what a perfect fit!

asdf on

He looks like he savors more than just fatherhood…

D on

Cute family. I would hope that he would consider losing weight, so that he can be here for his child.

meghan on

Way to bring the class, asdf. Tell me, would you have the balls to say that to a person’s face, or are you one of those losers who feels enboldened when hiding behind your keyboard?

D, this is a forum to talk about the new addition to Graham Elliot’s family, it is not the time to criticize his weight. I’m sure he is well aware of his weight problem and probably struggles with it like many people. This is not the forum for that discussion.

Seanaci on

Kudos, Megan! As I read those last two comments, my heart was ripped out of my chest. So sad that some people only see someones weight rather then the article itself.

asdf and D, remember the old saying “Judge not, lest you be judged.”

And congrats to the new little family. May you all have a long happy life! :)

CelebBabyLover on

meghan- You go, girl! To assume that Graham is doing nothing about his weight is, IMO, cruel. The guy could be trying like mad to lose weight and struggling for all we know!

mm on

Baby Conrad is honestly the cutest baby in this whole website!!!!! (and I am a regular visitor!) Congrats to this sweet new family!!!

Kate Tippett-Bowles on

asdf and D, I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt that you were not trying to be mean about Graham’s weight, only to perhaps nudge him (albeit not so gently) toward more healthy choices. As his Mother, I would be more appreciative if you would simply congratulate him and his wife on the birth of their son. Graham knows he has a battle ahead of him with the weight issue. Support, rather than ridicule, is what every single human being battling life’s struggles are in need of. Love, Kate

Marla on

Precious, precious baby. That’s the focus, here. My 5 1/2-year-old son was born with a cleft in his soft palate (it wasn’t seen by the docs in the hospital, it was found by me because it was only in the roof of his mouth). Anyway, he had the repair done at 10 1/2 months and he’s done well since.

Congrats to Graham and his wife!

Ronnie Tippett on

Wow– Can your year get any better than this :) Congratulations on your best accomplishment :)

ala on

I say ban asdf and D from anymore comments! I thought this site got rid of that kind of negativity a couple of years ago!!!

Kelly Tippett-Burkhardt on

Yay, Graham!!! He is beautiful! Congrats to you both. To baby Conrad, welcome to a really, really huge family!!!!!

Sherry on

Congrats…..such a beautiul baby!!

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