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Dawn Burrell shares tips and recipes for eating like an Olympian

Former Olympian-turned-chef — and a finalist on this season of “Top Chef” — Dawn Burrell is joining TODAY to teach us how to eat like an athlete. She shares her winning tips on what to eat while training and shows us how to make protein-packed smoothies, a versatile ginger salad dressing and spicy mango chutney.

Level-up your breakfast.

Here are three ingredients you want to incorporate in your breakfasts, whether you use them in smoothies, add them to your yogurt or top off toast.

  • Nuts: Macadamia, almonds and cashews serve as a great source of protein for
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Houston ‘Top Chef’ finalist Dawn Burrell whipping up delicious meals and serving inspiration

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Chef Dawn Burrell, it’s that she never stops working. 

The Philly-born Houston resident is a former Olympian, having won a gold medal at the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She also represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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Her time as an Olympian eventually ignited another passion: Cooking.

Burrell is the former sous chef at the award-winning Uchiko restaurant in Austin, former executive chef at Houston’s modern Southern restaurant Kulture,

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Top Chef Season 18 – Dawn Burrell Exit Interview

Top Chef is back in the kitchen! Every week, Parade’s Mike Bloom interviews the latest chef told to pack their knives and leave Portland.

Dawn Burrell has learned across disciplines that every step counts. Twenty years ago, she was competing at the Olympics as an elite long jumper. But after retiring, she made an even longer jump into a new career: Cooking. And after impressively working her way through the ropes, Dawn got to re-engage her competitive skills on Top Chef. It was admittedly a stumble of a start for her, as she failed to get all of

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How Chef Dawn Burrell Discovered Her New Food Style

Any longtime fan of Top Chef has noticed a change in recent seasons. The Bravo cooking competition once fueled by fiery tempers and cutthroat challenges now feels more like a collaborative melting pot with chefs helping each other in the final minutes of a challenge and shedding tears with every sendoff. 

While that might sound boring to the average viewer, it’s actually made for a much more intimate and emotional watch—and Chef Dawn Burrell says the show now feels reflective of real kitchens. The Philly native and former national long jump champion (who competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics) knows

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