Chef Dave Fouts Joins WLS Channel Faculty


Chef Dave Fouts Joins Weight Loss Surgery Channel Faculty

“World’s first bariatric chef” makes eating fun again for post-op weight loss surgery patients

chef-dave-foutsDALLAS, Texas (February 14, 2009) — Cookbook author David Fouts, known as the “world’s first bariatric chef,” has joined the faculty of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel ( and will host a new cooking show to debut this spring.

After his own gastric bypass surgery in 2002, Fouts found himself 200 pounds lighter, but with no recipes for “pouch-friendly” dishes. Being a trained chef, he began to research the dietary needs of bariatric patients and invent new and better methods of preparing food.

“I started keeping a written record of my recipes, as well as notes on what had worked and what had failed,” recalls Fouts. He also began sharing his techniques with other weight loss surgery patients, and within a short time, “Chef Dave” was born. Now, as the newest member of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel faculty, his mission is to make mealtime more enjoyable again for viewers who have overcome obesity through bariatric surgery.

“I’m excited to be able to bring cooking tips, recipes, and food facts to viewers of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel,” says Fouts. “The network’s faculty is truly the cream of the crop – no pun intended – and being a part of the faculty gives me the satisfaction that the unique needs of weight loss surgery patients are being met. Every faculty member is an expert in their field and nobody brings this type of information together better than the Weight Loss Surgery Channel.”

chefdave_b4andafterFouts received his Culinary Degree from the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, and began his career at the prestigious five-star hotel The Breakers. He later worked as Director of Food Services at Hippocrates Health Institute; Executive Chef for Omni Hotels; and most recently, Executive Chef for Sage Gourmet Café and Market in the Deep Deuce District of Oklahoma City. He currently serves as Corporate Chef for Bariatric Partners and iMetabolic, and is a regular contributor to WLS Lifestyles magazine.

“We are very excited to have Chef Dave as a member of our team,” says Craig Thompson, president and founder of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel. “As a gastric bypass patient myself, I know how tricky it is to adjust portion sizes and put together a tasty meal that’s flavorful but won’t adversely affect a small stomach pouch. Chef Dave is a master at what he does, and our viewers are going to love his creative recipes and his charisma.”

Chef Dave becomes the sixth member of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel faculty, which includes Craig Thompson, host of 90 Seconds to Success; Dr. David Provost, one of the country’s foremost bariatric surgeons; Executive Producer Leslie J. Thompson, host of WLS News; public speaker Yvonne McCarthy, host of the talk show WLS Journeys; and Beth Sheldon-Badore, YouTube star and host of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel’s newest show, Melting Mama’s Reality Bites.

About the Weight Loss Surgery Channel

The Weight Loss Surgery Channel ( is the world’s first television network for the weight loss surgery community. provides information, encouragement and support via online video, 24 hours a day for viewers who are considering bariatric surgery, as well as post-operative patients and their family, friends and caregivers. is owned and operated by The Weight Loss Surgery Channel, LLC, based in Lewisville, Texas.


Leslie J. Thompson, Executive Producer
Weight Loss Surgery Channel
Ph: (972) 436-9500
leslie [at] wlschannel [dot] com