Graham Elliot Finishes His First 5K Race Since Dropping 128 Pounds

12/04/2013 at 03:55 PM ET

Graham Elliot completes his first 5k race
Courtesy Graham Elliot

MasterChef judge Graham Elliot has two events he’s thankful for this week. He opened his newest restaurant, Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich, Connecticut—and the acclaimed chef ran his first 5K race back home in Chicago on Nov. 30th.

Like most of his fellow runners in the Ditka Dash, Elliot wore a fake moustache in honor of Mike Ditka, the beloved former coach of the Chicago Bears—but this year’s race was a serious step in Elliot’s efforts to turn his life around since undergoing weight loss surgery in July.

“I have been jogging and training since the summer, working up to 3 miles,” he tells PEOPLE.

He finished the race in 34:49 along with his wife Allie—and also showed off his new 268-pound physique. “The race was amazing!” he says. “The feeling of crossing the finish line was a great sense of accomplishment.” Since having a sleeve gastrectomy, Elliot has lost about 128 pounds and completely overhauled his lifestyle.

Next up? Graham hopes to run next year’s marathon in Chicago and possibly enlist the support of his fellow MasterChef judges—and avid marathon runnersGordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich.

—Liza Hamm

For more about Elliot’s weight loss, check out this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

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Sheila Robinson on

Congratulation chef Elliot Graham on your weight loss. I am so happy for you

Ashley on

Looking good!!!

Belinda Holbrook on

He looks great!! Keep it up mister.

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