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Eat Like A Legend: Chef Dan Churchill on Fueling Your Body For Peak Performance with Delicious Food

By May 20, 2024No Comments
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Episode #833



The culinary landscape is being reimagined, blurring the line between food and performance. Awareness has taken hold—what we consume is far more than mere sustenance.

Food is self-care, a vehicle for living life to the fullest and unlocking our greatest potential to serve others.

My guest today is Dan Churchill, who embodies this ethos. An Australian transplant based in New York City, Dan is an international performance chef and cookbook author with a Master’s in Exercise Science. He founded the former Charley St. restaurant, is executive chef at Brooklyn’s 1 Hotel Osprey, owns The Epic Table production company, and prolifically creates instructional and inspirational social media content.  

Dan’s reach extends far beyond the kitchen. He’s a podcaster, contributor to Chris Hemsworth’s Centr app, and author of the new cookbook, Eat Like a Legend.

What started as fostering togetherness over modest family meals, Dan’s culinary skills have since become inseparable from his dedication to peak human performance. He seamlessly integrates his expertise in fitness and wellness with his passion for healthy cooking, emerging as a leader in nutrition-based performance.

“I’m here to help people see the impact food can have on their life and performance.”


Today, we talk about his unique background growing up in Sydney, how a passion for food bonded his family, exploring the concept of food as a tool for connecting with others and serving people, and his journey from appearing on MasterChef Australia to self-publishing cookbooks that launched his career in New York City.

Dan shares insights from building respected brands like Charley St., the harsh realities of the restaurant world, the importance of authentic relationships over transactional partnerships, and finding balance as a hybrid entrepreneur, athlete, chef, and content creator. We discuss his latest projects, eating with intention, properly fueling training, recovery, and digestion.

We also explore performance nutrition facts and myths, managing energy levels, and working with elite athletes like Chris Hemsworth, Lindsey Vonn, and more.
His zest for uplifting others spiritually and physically is genuinely inspiring. His calling is to change the world by demystifying healthy eating.

For those who prefer a visual experience, the conversation is available on YouTube. As always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Dan’s energy is infectious, and his enthusiasm for up-leveling life and well-being is inspiring. He is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met, and I’m excited to share his story, wisdom, and wit with you today.

Peace + Plants,

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