Kevin Gillespie: Why I Left Woodfire Grill

by Duncan Connor
woodfire grill

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.

Kevin Gillespie: Between Woodfire and Gunshow

by Duncan Connor
Fire in My Belly - Kevin Gillespie

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 on Seasonality and “Modern Southern.”

by Duncan Connor
Kevin Gillespie

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.”

Chef Profile: Tyler Williams

by Duncan Connor
Tyler Williams Sausage Smile

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.

Chef Profile: Ryan Smith

by Duncan Connor
Ryan Smith outside Empire State South

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.

Chef Profile: Zeb Stevenson

by Duncan Connor

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.