Author: Andre Crews

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The Shirtless Chef Presents: Savory Marinara Meatballs

Shirtless Chef Andre Crews takes us through the most intense protein-packed recipe yet: Savory Marinara Meatballs that put an Italian restaurant’s subpar offering to shame. (For more from Andre, make sure to follow


The Shirtless Chef’s Kitchen: Baby Back Ribs

Shirtless Chef Andre Crews heads down South to Louisiana, where he and a friend cook up some finger-sucking baby back ribs. Eat post-workout for maximum effect. (For more from Andre, make sure to


The Shirtless Chef’s Kitchen: Bacon Cheeseburgers

The Shirtless Chef Andre Crews takes you to the skillet and makes a protein-packed meal to maximize those gains. Paleo sticklers need not watch. [For more from Andre, make sure to follow him on


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