Chef Kevin Gillespie – USA

Atlanta, GA

Kevin Gillespie
Country of Residence:
United States
1. Your Restaurant/Business:

My restaurant management and consulting group, Red Beard Restaurants. We currently have four concepts: Gunshow, Revival, Communion, and Terminus City.
2. About Your Kitchen:

We have a galley kitchen at Gunshow, lots of storage, counter-top space, and light.
3. Your Favorite Chef Works Item:

The Rockford Chefs Bib Apron. I’m not one of those chefs who can keep an apron clean very long so I like darker colors! I also like that it’s a sturdy material that holds up to laundering but not too heavy.
4. First Job:

Kitchen supply store in an outlet mall in Locust Grove, GA
5. Your Favorite Cookbook:

It’s a tie: The French Laundry by Thomas Keller, A Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis, and Essential Cuisine by Michel Bras
6. Your Awards:

2016 JBF Best Chef: South finalist, 2015 JBF Best Chef: South semifinalist, 2013 JBF Cookbooks:American Cooking (Fire in My Belly) finalist, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 / Gunshow: Eater’s “The National 38” in 2015 + 2016, GQ “12 Most Outstanding Restaurants” 2014, Esquire “Best New Restaurants” 2014 / Revival: Southern Living “The South’s Best New Restaurants” 2016
7. Your Cooking Inspiration:

My granny Geneva Gillespie. She taught me to love food and to believe in the power food possessed.
8. Your Specialty Dish:

Pork skin risotto – which is really a farrisotto since its made with farro.
9. Favorite Dish To Eat:

Buffalo wings.
10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate:

Raw jellyfish salad.
11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:

Ben & Jerry’s, Boom Chocolatta.
12. Favorite Drink:

13. Favorite Wine:

1982 Chateau Palmer.
14. Who Would You Most Like To Cook For:

The UGA Bulldawgs football team.
15. Who Would You Least Like To Cook For:

Anyone with a closed-minded view of food.
16. Favorite Things To Do When Not Cooking:

Hunting, camping, drink wine.
17. Your latest project:

My latest project is Communion, which opened earlier this year. It’s a German beer garden-inspired backyard in Decatur behind Revival. It’s a place where friends and neighbors can meet and share a drink, a snack from our food truck or play a game of horseshoes together.
18. Favorite City and Why:

Vienna, Austria. It’s beautiful but I’ve only been there at Christmas and I love it because it’s the fairy tale version of what Christmas should look like.
19. Your Greatest Indulgence:

Cars and watches.
20. Your All Time Best Culinary Tip:

Learn to care about the people who are going to eat your food and you will make it better.

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