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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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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

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Looking good!!!

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He looks great!! Keep it up mister.

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