Houston Olympians Daybreak Burrell not solely made the “Prime Chef” finals, but additionally the final two for the present’s fan favourite

There is more than one way for Houston Olympian Dawn Burrell to emerge victorious after Thursday’s Top Chef season finale.

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Burrell competed among the last three chefs in the popular show’s 18th season, in which the winner took off $ 250,000. One of two Texans in the final three, Burrell joins Austin-based chef Gabe Erales. Shota Nakajima rounds off the trio.

Burrell has also clearly won the hearts of many “Top Chef” fans and emerged with Nakajima as the last two chefs in the vote for the fan favorite. Whoever gets the most votes in the end takes home $ 10,000.

All of these add to Burrell’s unique résumé. Chef Burrell worked as the head chef at Kulture, where she received her first James Beard nomination for “Best Chef” before leaving during the pandemic. She joined Lucille’s Hospitality Group after filming the show and has a restaurant in late August that is about to be built. Burrell also launched PIVOT, a chef-run meal-preparation service that helps families provide healthy meals.

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The 47-year-old also started for Team USA in the long jump at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

And maybe after Thursday night she has two more Victory Levels to add to her belt. Girlfriend Erin Smith, who owns Feges BBQ, said she hoped Burrell got ahead on Thursday night.

“I really hope she makes it to the end,” said Smith. “We’ll stand up for her, but either way I’m incredibly proud of her. I think that’s great for Houston. I think it’s great for women and I think it’s definitely great for Dawn. “

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