Graham Elliot to Inspire at #OH2014 Conference
Each year, ObesityHelp.com brings together hundreds of conference attendees that are navigating their weight loss surgery journey with a common goal of weight loss, improved health and wellness. There is always a very special connection among our attendees, one where you can look around the room and know that others right there beside you understand the stigma of obesity and also understand what it is like to make that big decision to have weight loss surgery.
Whether they are a pre-op, post-op, or a weight loss surgery veteran…someone, somewhere at the Conference has been in those shoes and is sure to understand. We’re proud to say that our attendees walk away from the ObesityHelp Conference inspired, motivated, educated and supported!
With this very special connection in mind, we are honored that our featured keynote speaker is someone that also understands and connects to our community in that very special way.
Please help us welcome, Graham Elliot, as Featured Keynote Speaker
Graham Elliot is a critically acclaimed chef, television personality, and one of the most recognized faces cooking in America today. Â He is the two Michelin starred chef and owner of Graham Elliot Bistro and Primary Food & Drink. Â Graham is a judge on FOX’s MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, and the Culinary Director of the Lollapalooza music festival.
At one point, Graham weighed almost 400 pounds and knew he needed help. Graham made the decision to have weight loss surgery in order to regain his health for himself and his family. Graham is married to Allie and has three children, Mylo, Conrad and Jedediah. With the support of his family and his friend and surgeon, Dr. Vivek Prachand, Graham had the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) in July 2013 at the University of Chicago Medical Center and has lost 150 pounds since his surgery.
One of Grahamâ€™s biggest goals was to start running. Graham ran his first 5k in Chicago on November 30th, 2013. Inspired by fellow MasterChef judges Chef Gordon Ramsey and Chef Joe Bastianich, his next goal is to run the 2014 Chicago Marathon with his wife and biggest supporter, Allie.
AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Became the youngest four-star chef with perfect reviews from Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-times and the Chicago Tribune
- Opened his first restaurant, Graham Elliot, that received three stars from the Chicago Tribune and two stars in the 2013 Michelin Guide
- Competing chef on the TV show Top Chef Masters, 2009
- Received nomination for the James Beard Award three times
- Appeared as the Culinary Ambassador at Lollapalooza 2010
- Starred as a judge on the U.S. version of the reality show MasterChef Â since 2010
- Currently a judge for the cooking competition television series, Junior MasterChef
Graham’s Non-Scale Victory – “The perks of his healthy transformation include wearing the same size jeans he did during his freshmen year in high school (thatâ€™s a size 36!), finally flying without wearing a seatbelt extender and losing the sleep apnea machine heâ€™s had to use since 2005.”
Featured Keynote with Q&A
Saturday 9:20am â€“ 10:20am, Manhattan Ballroom
Join us on Saturday, August 16 at 9:20 am when Graham Elliot takes the stage and kicks off the 2014 ObesityHelp Conference. He’ll share his unique insights as a critically acclaimed chef, television personality and successful sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) post-op. After sharing his insights about his personal journey with weight loss surgery, attendees will have the opportunity to ask Graham questions in a open Q&A setting. Register now to be a part of this very special keynote!