02/10/2012 08:17 am ET Updated Apr 11, 2012

'Fat Chef': Big Mike's Astonishing Weight Loss (VIDEO)

"Fat Chef" (Thurs., 10 p.m. EST on Food Network) combines two of the hottest trends on reality television right now-- cooking and weight loss.

On Thursday night's episode, viewers followed Mike Digby on his journey toward a healthier life.

The chef weighed over 300 lbs when he applied to be on the show, and he knew he needed to lose weight for the sake of his health: "I was on a road to death." He was also sick and tired of being called "Big Mike."

With the help of therapists, nutritionists and trainers, Mike spent 16 weeks on a grueling diet and fitness regime and underwent an astonishing transformation.

Fat chef no more!

When trainer Brett Hoebel presented the newly svelte Mike to assembled family and friends, he told them that Mike's goal had been to lose 80 lbs. However, he had blown through that to lose an astonishing 100lbs.

Check out the original casting call for "Fat Chef," which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST on Food Network.

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