Chef Kevin Gillespie – USA

Atlanta, GA

Name: Kevin Gillespie
Age: 34
Nationality: American
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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