Bariatric Partners, which offers a surgical procedure to help obese people lose weight, is adding a dietary service to its product offerings.

David Fouts, who underwent bariatric surgery several years ago to lose weight, will serve as “executive chef” for the Bariatric Partners chain of surgical centers.

The service is called JourneyLite.

In 2002, Fouts weighed 400 pounds. After surgery, he lost more than 200 pounds. He received a degree in Culinary Arts from the Florida Culinary Institute and has worked at a variety of resorts, hotels and a vegetarian health institute.

He is touted as the world’s first bariatric chef.

"Chef Dave is undisputedly the most respected bariatric chef in the world, and we’re thrilled to be able to share his knowledge, expertise, and culinary skills with our patients all across the country," said Jamie Carr, senior vice president of clinical operations for Bariatric Partners. “In his role as Executive Chef with JourneyLite, Chef Dave will participate at our live support group meetings, sponsored events, and will have a strong online presence on the new JourneyLite website which will launch later this month.”

Fouts’ most recent position was executive chef at U.S. Bariatric Management Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.