In September of 2012, Kevin Gillespie announced that he would be leaving Woodfire Grill at the end of the year. The bearded chef with the pig tattoo, who was catapulted into the limelight as the Top Chef Las Vegas fan favorite a few years ago, had helmed the Cheshire Bridge restaurant since 2007. I met him in Glenwood Park, near his new restaurant, Gunshow, to talk to him about his decision to go it alone.
Atlanta born-and-bred Kevin Gillespie, former executive chef at Woodfire Grill, has been working for the last few months on building out his new restaurant in Glenwood Park.
In September 2012, Kevin Gillespie, the former executive chef of Woodfire Grill and bacon-lover, announced that he’d be quitting the restaurant he’d called home for more than five years. After leaving Woodfire, while Gunshow was being built, Gillespie threw himself into a mind-boggling variety of projects.
Kevin Gillespie is probably best known to most as the cheerful red-bearded chef with the pig tattoo from season six of Top Chef, filmed in Las Vegas. He recently caused a stir with the mission statement for his new restaurant, Gunshow, in Glenwood Park, when he wrote “‘Modern Southern’ glorifies a South I don’t know…one with plantations and cocktails on the lawn.”
A couple of weeks ago the big culinary-go-round news was that Tyler Williams, Executive Chef at Abattoir, had been tapped to fill the chef’s position vacated by Kevin Gillespie at Woodfire Grill. The Michigan native sat down with Atlanta Eats to talk about Woodfire Grill, why some menus are just confused (and confusing), how Atlanta compares to other cities, and what Modern Southern means to him.
Ryan Smith, Empire State South’s executive chef, is the untamed Mr. Hyde to Hugh Acheson’s measured Dr. Jekyll. I visited him at ESS to talk about his friend and mentor, offal, charcuterie, and what drives him to constantly evolve the menu and personality of his restaurant.
Sure, Zeb is tall, he’s got an unusual name, and a shock of strawberry blond hair that makes him look like Tin Tin’s edgier older brother, but when you get to talk to him, those aren’t the things you notice.