Top Chef Contestant Aaron Grissom Dies in Traffic Accident at Age 34

The chef passed away on Tuesday after suffering "multiple blunt force injuries" in a traffic accident, according to the Pierce County medical examiner.

He was involved in a motorcycle accident near Chambers Bay in Washington, Yu Nanakornphanom, who owned Moshi Moshi ramen bar where Grissom previously worked as head chef, told The News Tribune on Thursday.

Grissom had selflessly given his kidney to Nanakornphanom when the restaurant first opened, the eatery owner told the paper.

Grissom left the restaurant last year and was cooking for touring musicians before concerts were canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic , according to Nanakornphanom.

Nanakornphanom said the chef had been living in Mexico since the outbreak, but his return to the Washington area was unexpected.

Following his stint on Top Chef , in which he was eliminated in the fifth episode, Grissom teamed up with bartender Colin Smith to open a second outpost of Dirty Oscar's Annex in Montana in 2016.

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