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Graham Elliot Is Looking Forward to Fatherhood – Times Three!

06/07/2012 at 03:00 PM ET
Courtesy Graham Elliot

Chicago chef Graham Elliot has plenty on his plate these days.

He celebrated the grand opening of his third restaurant, G.E.B. (Graham Elliot Bistro) on Monday, his hit show MasterChef premiered the same night — and he’s expecting his third baby boy in September!

“Having kids makes you realize that all the things you used to stress out over really don’t matter at all,” Elliot, 35, tells PEOPLE.

The chef and his wife, Allie, have settled on a family name with lots of history for their soon-to-be son: Jedediah Pope.

“Her dad’s name is Jed, and the name Pope was the middle name of everyone on my dad’s side,” he explains. “The names Jed and Pope don’t get used often, and they’re part of our family history, so why not embrace that?”

Jed will join the couple’s son Conrad, 20 months, and Mylo, 5, Elliot’s son from a previous marriage. Big brother Mylo is “the king of the house,” says Elliot. “He’s super loving and he feels pride that the others will be looking up to him.”

The TV judge is also looking to upgrade his home to accommodate his expanding family — and debating on individual rooms versus bunk beds for the boys.

But for now, planning the nursery is at the top of the to-do list. “Mylo had a cowboy theme and with Conrad it was giraffes,” he says. “I don’t know what we’re going to do with baby number three!”

– Thailan Pham

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Erica on

This is wonderful news. Love him on Master Chef. Congrats to him and his family!

paul on

Looks like chaz bono

Jessica on

he’s my favorite chef on MasterChef, congrats to him and his wife.

susan on

I thought he was gay. Congrats to him and his wife.

myladyeve on

Congrats to the whole family!!!

Jeana on

I love Masterchef and Hells Kitchen.and Joe is sooooo sexy

Court on

Love him but what horrible names

Jessica on

@ Jeana–I agree! I love Joe on Master Chef!! H O T! Not sure what it is! Lol. But congrats to Graham and his wife. Three boys–how fun!

Sandra on

Didn’t have a clue who this guy was until I read the story. Oh well, I guess we can’t know who everyone is on here can we? LOL! He kind of looks like Chaz Bono or should I say Chaz Bono looks like him? He is a big boy!!

elizaandeverett on

I thought this was going to be a TRIPLETS annoucement!!!

Pat on

The 5 year old is not with his ex?

Leia on

ya I was looking for the triplets news too. Fatherhood times three? strange wording.

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