From the Olympics to Being a Top Chef + Philanthropist, with Dawn Burrell

In this conversation we speak to Olympian, entrepreneur & Executive Chef Dawn Burrell. Dawn is a favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef, she;s all about authenticity, and she sees food as a love language for camaraderie, togetherness & gathering. Listen and learn how skills of an Olympian translated to her success as a chef, how she  loves to learn, and much more.

About Dawn

Traveling the world with the USA’s Track & Field team ignited Chef Dawn Burrell’s deep love for the language of food. The 2000 Olympian eventually traded in her track spikes for a full-time culinary career. Chef Dawn snagged her first James Beard nomination for “Best Chef: Texas” in 2020 before her eventual departure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burrell has since joined Lucille’s Hospitality Group, where she will serve as Partner/Executive Chef of their restaurant which opened in Summer 2022, while also working to advance the group’s non-profit, Lucille’s 1913, which serves as conscious community collective that is building a vertically integrated ecosystem to combat food insecurity and waste; creating training and employment opportunities in traditionally under-resourced neighborhoods; and empowering communities to discover a self-sustainable livelihood through food.. To Late August — Burrell’s very first proprietary concept — she brings her signature global comfort flavors to the table, while exploring the intersections of African and Asian cuisines via a spring 2022 debut. Most notably, Chef Dawn prevailed on the 18th season of Bravo TV’s hit show Top Chef as a series finalist. She also serves on the board of I’ll Have What She’s Having, a women-led non-profit raising community awareness and funds in support of better health and healthcare in the food and beverage industry. 

Learn more about Chef Dawn: Nonprofit Lucille’s 1913 | | IG: @chefdawnburrell @lateaugust_htx @lucilleshouston

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