Kevin Gillespie (chef)

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Kevin Gillespie
Born (1982-09-30) September 30, 1982 (age 32)
Atlanta, Georgia
Education Art Institute of Atlanta
Culinary career

Kevin Gillespie (born September 30, 1982) is an American chef, author and former Top Chef contestant. He is a former co-owner and executive chef at Woodfire Grill in Atlanta.[1] He opened Gunshow, his new restaurant in Atlanta, in May 2013.[2][3]

Top Chef[edit]

Gillespie was a finalist in the sixth season of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show[4][5] and was voted as the "Fan Favorite" contestant for the season.[6] As a prize for winning one of the Top Chef episodes, Gillespie was invited to compete in the Bocuse d'Or USA cooking competition, for the opportunity to be the U.S. representative in the 2011 international Bocuse d'Or,[7] but later withdrew due to not having enough time to prepare.[8]

In a 2012 interview, chef Wolfgang Puck stated that Gillespie is his favorite Top Chef alumnus.[9]


Gillespie reached the semi-final stage of the 2009 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year awards.[10]

In 2013, Gillespie was named a James Beard Foundation Award Finalist in the Cookbook: American Cooking category for his debut cookbook, Fire in my Belly.[11]

In other media[edit]

  • Gillespie voiced himself in the season six episode "Asbestos I Can" on the animated series Squidbillies.[12]
  • Gillespie also voiced a truck driver in the animated series Archer.[13]


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