Graham Elliot Undergoes Major Weight Loss Surgery

The 'MasterChef' judge receives a sleeve gastrectomy

MasterChef judge Graham Elliot underwent major weight loss surgery July 16, according to a People magazine article.

Elliot opted to undergo a sleeve gastrectomy after topping out at 400 pounds. "Weight is something I’ve battled all my life," Elliot told People. "It’s hard to get in and out of a car, tie my shoe, or play with my kids."

Elliot, who is the father to sons Mylo, 6, Conrad, 2 ½, and Jedediah, 10 months, opted for a sleeve gastrectomy instead of gastric bypass surgery because with the latter the patient often cannot eat certain foods, a limitation that would not serve Elliot well in his line of work. "This procedure will allow me to still taste and try everything," said Elliot, adding, "I will feel full quicker because my stomach is that much smaller… I won’t need six cheeseburgers to feel full."

Before undergoing surgery, Elliot was seeing a psychologist and a nutritionist and transitioned to a 1,000-calorie-a-day diet consisting of protein shakes and broths. He says doctors predict he could lose up to 100 pounds in half a year and that his "biggest goal is to start running… I’m super excited to run miles on a treadmill."


The winners of last week's MasterChef challenge joined judge Gordon Ramsay at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York City.

Family first: Graham cited his family as one of the reasons he wanted to have the surgery

Graham posted a message on Twitter saying he was missing the All-Star Game due to the surgery.

'Can't make #AllStarGame. Time to focus on my #AllStar family undergoing weight loss surgery. Thanks for all your support!,' he tweeted.

Graham has cited his health and family as main reasons for undergoing the procedure.

Health concerns: The foodie, shown in September 2012, said he's avoiding fattening and sugary foods

'What's going to make me healthy is the most important thing right now so I can enjoy my kids and be around long enough to see them grow up,' he told People.

The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is the fastest growing weight-loss surgery in the US and reduces the stomach to about 25 percent of its original size.

'I will feel full quicker because my stomach is that much smaller. I won't need six cheeseburgers to feel full,' Graham explained.

Judging panel: Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliott posed together in May in New York City at a Fox event

Graham said he chose the irreversible sleeve gastrectomy procedure because gastric bypass surgeries sometimes leads to some foods causing sickness.

'This procedure will allow me to still taste and try everything,' he said.

MasterChef airs on Wednesday at 8pm on Fox.

The judges: Graham, shown in June with fellow judges Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay, has been on MasterChef since 2010


Graham Elliot Bowles was born in Seattle, Washington. [5] [6] A self-described "Navy brat", Elliot has traveled the world and all fifty states, [7] sparking an intense interest in food and music, which led him to attend Johnson & Wales University. [6]

In 2004 Elliot was named to Food & Wine’s "Best New Chefs" list, and he became the youngest chef in the States to receive four stars from a major publication (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times) before the age of 30. [4]

At the age of 27 he was the youngest Four Star Chef to be named in any city, also earning himself a spot on Crain's Chicago Business list of "40 Under Forty", alongside President Barack Obama, for whom Elliot cooked on the President's 49th birthday. [ citation needed ]

In May 2008, he opened his eponymous restaurant, which was the first French casual fine dining restaurant in Chicago. [8]

In 2009, Elliot appeared on the TV show Top Chef Masters. In the show, he cooked for The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a charity with which he became associated as a result of his nephew's need for a heart transplant.

In 2010, the series MasterChef premiered, with Elliot as one of the three judges. In 2013, the series spun off a child version of the program, MasterChef Junior, on which Elliot also was featured as a judge. He left the franchise in September 2015, following the completion of season 6 of the parent program. [9]

In 2016, he became a judge on Top Chef.

Graham Elliot Restaurant received three stars from the Chicago Tribune, and two stars in the 2013 Michelin Guide. [10]

He has been nominated for a James Beard Award three times. [11]

In addition to being judge and host of MasterChef and MasterChef Junior from 2010–2016, Graham has also been a judge on Food Network's Cooks vs. Cons hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian. [12] [13] He also appeared as a special guest in MasterChef Canada Season 2, Episode 9 and MasterChef Italia Season 3, Episode 9.

He has worked as the Culinary Director at Lollapalooza, a three-day music festival in Chicago, every year since 2009, where he has cooked for both the public as well as backstage for the performers. [7] In June 2012, he opened Graham Elliot Bistro in Chicago's West Loop. The bistro uses traditional techniques and ingredients to showcase its take on classic American cuisine. [14] That same year also saw Elliot named Chef of the Year and inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame. [15] Additionally, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed September 19 "Graham Elliot Day" in the city of Chicago. [16]

In 2017, Elliot was a pitchman in an infomercial for the Gotham Steel Double Grill. [ citation needed ]

Graham resides in Morgan Park on the south side of Chicago with his wife/business partner Allie Elliot, and his three children, Mylo Ignatius, Conrad Matthias and Jedediah Lindsay. [17]

Elliot sings and plays guitar. [13]

In 2013, Elliot underwent weight loss surgery and took up jogging, losing 150 pounds, reducing his weight to 250 pounds, explaining the decision as a response to becoming a father. [18] [19]

Graham Elliot Weight Loss - How Many Pounds Did He Shed?

Graham Elliot embarked upon the weight loss journey after opting for a sleeve gastrectomy in 2013. He did so due to his ever-increasing weight gain, as he nearly reached 400 pounds. The weight loss surgery removes about 80 percent of the patient's stomach and creates a small sleeve-shaped stomach the size of a banana. In doing so, Elliot can now consume only a restricted amount of food, helping him maintain his body weight.

Graham Elliot lost 147 pounds of body weight in recent years.
Source: Daily Mail

But the operation was not the overall solution to the weight problem. Elliot was aware of that, and he knew he had to make some serious lifestyle changes for the effective outcome of the surgery. He adopted a healthier diet plan and also engaged in intense physical workouts to attain an effective weight loss.

Nine months after undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy at the University of Chicago Medical Center, he lost a staggering 147 pounds with the lifestyle changes. But he was not expecting such a tremendous transformation in such a short period of time. 'I thought it would take two or three years to do this,' the chef told People who dropped to 253 pounds. 'I thought I'd lose 60 or 70 pounds the first year.'

This result was possible due to Elliot's engagement in intense workouts daily. He made a habit of running 5 miles per day, which is one of the most contributing factors to his weight reduction.

How Did Graham Elliot Lose Weight?

The famous celebrity chef underwent an operation, called the gastric sleeve, which is one component of the duodenal switch. A gastric sleeve makes the stomach about 80 percent smaller, the size and shape of a small banana, but it doesn't interfere with nutrient uptake or digestion.

The director of minimally invasive surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine, Vivek Prachand, MD, says that the Master Chef judge, who weight almost 400 pounds was a candidate for a duodenal switch – a procedure that helps patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 50 or more plus metabolic problems associated with severe obesity.

Duodenal switch is one of the surgical options that Elliot had that helps the patients to lose some of their capacity to process and absorb dietary fats. Even small servings of fatty foods can trigger cramps, bloating, and other intestinal distress.

In 2013, Elliot underwent obesity surgery after a series of extensive multidisciplinary evaluations, discussions, and counseling.

“If you conceptualize the stomach as a small bag, we removed the outer three-quarters of the stomach and it’s now a long, narrow tube,” Vivek said of the surgery performed to help the chef.

When he had fully recovered, four months after his surgery, Graham Elliot started doing five-kilometer race called the Ditka Dash. "Running that first 5K was awesome," Elliot said. "Allie was right there beside me, my nurse, and cheerleader."

He covered a 3.1 miles course in less than 35 minutes, averaging 11 minutes per mile. That’s quite an improvement, isn’t it?

A month later, he no longer needs a machine to keep his airway open while asleep since he successfully gets rid of sleep apnea.

Six months after his surgery, his weight had dropped from 396 to less than 250 pounds and his cholesterol levels had significantly improved and blood pressure was nearly normal, too.

In an interview with the People Magazine, he told the reporter, “I thought it would take two or three years to do this”. But it was so evident how he easily lost weight in a matter of several months.

According to his doctor from the University of Chicago, Elliot did his own part and didn’t leave all the effort from his doctor. Graham Elliot did his own research, had his family to support him, and he was committed to making changes in his lifestyle in order for the procedure to work effectively.

'MasterChef' Judge Graham Elliot Flaunts Weight Loss

Celebrity chef Graham Elliot is showing off his dramatic 100-pound-plus weight loss since undergoing surgery in July with a new picture posted on Twitter.

Posting a before and after photo, the "MasterChef" judge updated his followers. "Now weighing in at 268lbs, down from 396lbs. Thanks everyone for the continued support!" he wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday.

Elliot, 36, also posted photos after completing his first ever 5K run.

The famous chef finished the Ditka Dash, wearing a fake moustache in honor of Mike Ditka, the beloved former coach of the Chicago Bears, in 34:49 alongside his wife Allie.

"I have been jogging and training since the summer, working up to 3 miles," he told People. "The feeling of crossing the finish line was a great sense of accomplishment."

Since having a sleeve gastrectomy, in which 80 percent of a patient's stomach is removed to create a small sleeve-shaped stomach the size of a banana, Elliot has lost about 128 pounds and overhauled his lifestyle.

Next year, he said he's hoping to run the Chicago marathon with the help of his fellow "MasterChef" judges and avid marathoners Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich.

Cooking — and now weight loss — help MasterChef's Graham Elliot stand out

Tattooed and bespectacled, Graham Elliot has always stood out from the crowd. His cooking set him apart, but so did his size.

After one humbling visit to his young son's classroom, the 37-year-old knew he had to make some major changes. He needed to get healthy, and surgery was his best option.

After undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy last year, he's lost 150 pounds. When he's not in the kitchen, he's lacing up his running shoes and hitting the trails. Along with preparing for his sixth season as a judge on MasterChef, he's training for next month's Chicago Marathon — his first.

That's in addition to running his Chicago restaurant, Graham Elliot Bistro, and serving as chef for the yearly Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park, where lobster corn dogs highlight his menu.

Elliot, a father of three sons ages 2, 4 and 7, lives in Chicago with his wife, Allie Bowles. The couple, who met while working at the Peninsula Hotel, mark their fifth wedding anniversary next week.

Elliot will be hosting demonstrations at Kohler Food & Wine Experience Oct. 23-26 at the American Club Resort, including events at noon Oct. 24 and 25. For additional information and tickets go to kohlerfoodandwine.com or call (800) 344-2838.

Q.Where are you living these days?

A. I'm in California when we film MasterChef. The rest of the year I'm in Chicago, on the south side. I've lived here 16 years, the longest I've lived anywhere.

Q.You posted pictures from Wisconsin Dells this summer. Do you get to Wisconsin often?

A. I love going up there! We went to Devil's Lake. This was our first time taking the kids to the Dells.

My wife went to Marquette. We're always driving through, going through the area. I love how you can leave the city and be so quickly in nature. I love Madison and Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Art Museum is great. I love getting inspired by how people paint and textures and colors and how I plate and do my food.

Q.How did you get started cooking?

A. My dad was in the Navy. I was in all 50 states, including 15 schools and three high schools. I was exposed to a ton of food. Food is a looking glass into a culture and people. I'm extremely open-minded. I'm not stuck to doing one type of cuisine, which is kind of liberating.

Q.Where or what has been the biggest influence on your kitchen style?

A. There are places you need to work, and places you need to eat. I've worked for, I think, five James Beard award-winning chefs. Charlie Trotter, I was there for about three years total. The chef de cuisine, Matthias Merges, was the biggest influence professionally and privately.

Q.What defines your own restaurant kitchen?

A. There is no hierarchy. Everybody plays an equal part, just like being in a band. I try to move everybody around, one day they're on pastry, another day they're on a hot line. When people ask what kind of food I make, I say "Graham Elliot food." I don't try to copy.

Q.What are meals like at home?

A. We cook at least five nights a week in our house. My wife does most of the cooking. My middle one was on MasterChef, and loved growing herbs and chopping things. It is not pushed on them at all. My oldest could not care less. Our littlest one, I don't know how he's still around because he eats nothing but Cheez-Its.

Q.What have you learned from MasterChef judges Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay?

A. We're all great friends. When we're filming, our rooms are right next to each other. We're always talking about cooking and restaurants, who is running how far.

They're super-inspiring. I was up to 400 pounds. Unhealthy. Talking to those guys, they were like, "You've got to change." Tomorrow, I'm set to run 20 miles.

Q.You've been very open about your weight loss and surgery in the last year. Why is that so important to you?

A. I spent most of my life being really overweight, and high blood pressure, gout and strokes run rampant through my family. I got to the point of being unhealthy where it is hard to get in the car, hard to tie your shoes. I don't want to live this way. After a while you accept that I'm the big fat, fun guy on the show. This is how people recognize me.

If the show is gone tomorrow, it is me and my family that have to be the focus.

Q.What were your biggest concerns?

A. A drastic measure like surgery, well they cut 90% of my stomach out. As a chef, I worried am I ever going to be able to eat anything, taste my own food? None of this matters. I need to get healthy and share my story, inspire people. I've lost 150 pounds since the surgery last July.

Q.What's the hardest part?

A. One huge catalyst, you walk around and think, "I need to be healthy so I can see my kids grow up." I went to my son's class and this kid put a soccer ball in his shirt. He said, "Look how fat I am. I'm Mylo's dad." Being on TV and seeing everybody recognize me, I can't have him being embarrassed. It was, "Wow, I owe it to them to be a good dad."

Q.Is there anything you'd eat everyday if you could?

A. Sashimi — raw fish. I love pure flavor. A piece of salmon with fennel and mustard. Roasted chicken with a bit of honey. Just clean bold flavors. I haven't had any pasta, starch or potatoes. With the surgery, I can eat everything in small portions. I just choose to eat things that give you a ton of energy.

Q.You're returning to Kohler for the food and wine festival. What's the best part for you?

A. It is a premier festival in the Midwest. I got to meet Herb Kohler. I actually lettered in golf in high school, and I was able to play Whistling Straits. To be able to get a Sheboygan brat, and it is apple and pumpkin season, that's the best.

About Kristine M. Kierzek

Kristine M. Kierzek is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer. She regularly writes Chef Chat and Fork. Spoon. Life. columns for Fresh.

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Talking to People magazine about his cravings, the chef revealed: &ldquoNow I know my stomach is the size of a banana and I need to have food that just gives me energy.

&ldquoSo I can either have a moment of sweetness but feel really bad or I can order something delicious and light like sashimi.&rdquo

Once suffering from sleep apnea, high blood pressure and cholesterol, Graham has not rid himself of his health problems, even completing the Chicago Marathon.

Another celebrity chef who faced health issues due to his weight was British TV star James Martin.

Once gorging on his calorie-laden creations and even snacking on chunks of butter, James revealed his impressive weight loss and the secret behind it.

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