4:03 pm - 05/27/2014

Masterchef USA is Back! Season Preview + Graham's Fitness & Weight Loss

Make way for another marathon MasterChef!

After losing 150 pounds since undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy, MasterChef judge Graham Elliot is on to his next challenge. He completed his first 10K in Chicago on Memorial Day and has begun training for the Chicago Marathon, which will take place on October 12th. (Fellow judge Joe Bastianich has run several marathons.)

“I’m very excited but also nervous,” Elliot, 37, tells PEOPLE. “But I’m telling you even if it takes 12 hours and I have to crawl on my knees and hands to get over the finish line, I will make it happen.”

So far, the chef of GE Bistro in Chicago and Primary in Greenwich, Connecticut, can run an 11-minute mile. He finished the 10K in about 1 hour and 16 minutes. “The big thing for me is being able to run and talk at the same time,” he says. “My trainer said focusing on a steady pace and being able to hold a conversation is a big thing. It’s a good way to be more in the moment.”

The award-winning chef will be running the marathon on behalf of Smile Train, a charity that provides free cleft repair surgery for people in need. “I’m publicly saying I’m doing the marathon so excuses are not an option. This is a real commitment.”

Elliot has certainly proven his ability to stay on track once he commits to a goal. He has maintained his astounding weight loss since surgery last July with the help of regular exercise and a diet of 6 small meals a day.

“I’m still around 250 lbs. but I have put on a lot more muscle,” he says. “My arms are really strong and I’ve been very healthy.”

His dedication to healthier eating changed his mind set during the latest round of judging food on the set of MasterChef this season. “I definitely have smaller bites than before. And I was nervous about getting too full. There would be 15 lobster dishes to taste! I’m happy to say there were no incidents.”

Another change? “I’m finding that I eat and get hungrier sooner than I expected,” he explains. “I don’t know if its just because the real estate in smaller in my stomach but I’ll eat two scallops and feel full, then an hour and a half later, I need to eat a small salad.”

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invisible_cunt 27th-May-2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
i'm watching now. it's going to be interesting to see how willie fares during the team challenges that require more endurance.

i was shocked when they eliminated the asian dude in the suit.

courtney is so. fucking. annoying. she had 5 jobs and couldn't pay rent? so she had to resort to stripping? um, maybe don't live in an area that's beyond your means. she's like the natasha of this season but even more intolerable with her arrogance. also lol @ it saying in her description that she's an 'aerial dancer' when she said she dances at a gentleman's club

southern ginger pie girl is hella grating too with her "ah put my life on hold for this!!!!!111!!"
fenchurchly 27th-May-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
i was shocked when they eliminated the asian dude in the suit.

I was surprised too. It seemed like they were setting him up to go through.
invisible_cunt 27th-May-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
it's obvious the contestants that have the most camera time either go on or get cut but he was a bit cocky with his "all the techniques!" attitude
vivalakeyana 27th-May-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Lmao everything you said about Courtney is exactly how I feel. I was literally smdh at "aerial dancer", like, girl bye. You just said you were a stripper. Own it.
bulbasaur 27th-May-2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
she's like the natasha of this season but even more intolerable with her arrogance.

that's what i was saying to my bf while we watched it. i was like "that courtney girl is going to be in the top 5, probably top 2 like natasha bc i can't stand her"
pastelstar 28th-May-2014 01:12 am (UTC)
the asian dude was so annoying with the MY TECHNIQUES bullshit

And MTE with the pie girl, I changed the channel for a bit because I didn't want to see her annoying face
sandstorm 27th-May-2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
These people are unusually annoying so far.
stellar_ball 27th-May-2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
I thought Graham would look weird because I'm so used to him being bigger, but he looks good! And still adorable.

“I don’t know if its just because the real estate in smaller in my stomach i lol'd
fenchurchly 27th-May-2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
He looks great! I hadn't heard about him getting the surgery so last night I was surprised about how thin he was!
mikochin 27th-May-2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
So far, I dislike them all. Especially the pie woman.
invisible_cunt 27th-May-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
ugh i'm pissed they let pie woman through
she's too weak in skill and emotion
mikochin 27th-May-2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
Pretty sure they had already paid for that sappy soundtrack so they had to add her to be able to play it.
bulbasaur 27th-May-2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
yeah i don't like anyone either. i creeped elise on the internet and her blog made me dislike her even more
hollymarchosias 27th-May-2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
But the hand pies are good!
fauxkaren 27th-May-2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
My jaw dropped at the woman who was tossing food on the floor. LIKE

slayer4915 27th-May-2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
I could not believe that! Who does that?!
bulbasaur 27th-May-2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
i can't believe they let her through
musik19 27th-May-2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
and then she said something like "i thought they had people who cleaned." what the fuck? just because there are people who clean does not give you the right to be a total fucking slob. have some respect for other people.
vivalakeyana 27th-May-2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Mte. She can leave.
thickfreakness 27th-May-2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
She was fucking disgusting. Her comment about people being hired to clean it up was even more gross.
pastelstar 28th-May-2014 01:12 am (UTC)
RIGHT? Filthy and the reasoning behind it was RIDIC.
vivalakeyana 27th-May-2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
None of them seem all that likable so far, but the one lady in the yellow dress with the killer fro? I need to see more of her and her hair!

Also, Big Willie, aka, "Black Graham" was killing me softly last night. You just know the producers were like, "...This is going to be hilarious."
invisible_cunt 27th-May-2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
"black graham" is what i was thinking but didn't want to say it

i hope they show more of tattooed guy
also, why does malibu dad sound like he's from the south?
vivalakeyana 27th-May-2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
Lol he literally does look like a black version of him! It's crazy!

Refresh my memory on the tattooed guy! And I thought Leslie (the Malibu guy) sounded like he's from the northeast somewhere. Looks like an interesting season yet again, I just don't have any faves yet.
sweeetkiwi 27th-May-2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
he's so creepy looking
patentpending 27th-May-2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
I don't particularly like that they cut the longer premier/auditions to make a longer season. I can already tell they're going to make that sassy grey haired dude the ~villain~ this season. I don't particularly like the pie girl either. Nobody else really stood out to me except the guy that made that beautiful ramen but that's because I fucking love ramen, so.
fauxkaren 27th-May-2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
lmao no i like that they did that and that last night's episode was only an hour.

... that way i could watch masterchef for an hour and then as soon as it was over, american ninja warrior began!
forsureyoudo 27th-May-2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
I was just done watching masterchef from my country lmao i love the show so much drama
fenchurchly 27th-May-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Are you from Australia? I love this current season so much!
forsureyoudo 27th-May-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Nopee I'm from Romania lol
labhaoise 27th-May-2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
Forever pressed that the cutie Lyndon didn't win his season. And I just love Matt and his cravets
likeparenthesis 27th-May-2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
but what about masterchef junior?! i loved that show
fenchurchly 27th-May-2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
It's coming back in August, iirc.
invisible_cunt 27th-May-2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
makes me feel so inadequate. i need to follow recipes like no tomorrow. and then these kids are making souffles and reductions and compotes
torylltales 27th-May-2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
Parents living vicariously, I doubt even half of the Masterchef Junior contestants actually truly want to be there, or will continue cooking like that into adulthood let alone professionally.

Never sure whether to applaud or cringe.
niyakarma 27th-May-2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
masterchef australia >>> every other country
fenchurchly 27th-May-2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
I agree so much! And I loved Professionals (I have a thing for Marco Pierre White) so I'm sad they aren't bringing that back :(
niyakarma 27th-May-2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the Professionals one but I just loooove Gary and George <3 I think they are what makes Australia the best one.
invisible_cunt 27th-May-2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
i've watched masterchef australia as one of the channels here airs repeats. i think the masterclass eps are a waste of time.
soulhades 27th-May-2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
lmfao, compared to the french version of masterchef this seems to be sooo overdramatic and just over the top ! Not necessarily a bad thing (in france some of the other culinary are so slow paced that it's like a show for grandmas), but it's funny to notice the difference !
invisible_cunt 27th-May-2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
is ludo a judge?
labhaoise 27th-May-2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh fuck me purple ludo is the best thing about the Taste Usa
blue_birds 27th-May-2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
omg I forgot this was coming back.
washingtonusa 27th-May-2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
I hate the american version. Too much drama and mean judges. I cant handle all of this

This wasn't good at all...




And the thing i saw yesterday from the auditions

I'm sorry....
So the woman starts talking about how much she loves this and will fight for it blablalba

I'm sorry.........


washingtonusa 27th-May-2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Masterchef Australia on the other hand, THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD
fenchurchly 27th-May-2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
somnus_angel 27th-May-2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
The new season of Masterchef started? I always feel like I am in the dark when these new seasons begin, first Hell's Kitchen and now this lol.
sandstorm 27th-May-2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
You're only an episode behind!
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