Montana Master Chefs
Chef Kevin Gillespie
Gunshow / Revival
Atlanta, GA / Decatur, GA
Chef Kevin Gillespie began his culinary education at the Art Institute of Atlanta. While carrying a full course load, he worked part-time at various restaurants, perfecting his craft. After graduating with honors, Gillespie went on to hold different positions at the Ritz-Carlton, Urban Licks and Woodfire Grill in Atlanta. He found a true connection at Woodfire, where he originally stayed for two years. In 2006, Gillespie headed to the West Coast to work at Fife in Portland, Oregon. Gillespie then came back to Woodfire to work for his friend and teacher Michael Tuohy. In 2009, Gillespie was promoted to executive chef. During Gillespie’s time at Woodfire, the restaurant was featured on CNN and in Food & Wine, Men’s Health and Travel + Leisure as a top dining destination for visitors to Atlanta.
Gillespie earned a spot on Bravo’s Top Chef in 2009 for the show’s sixth season in Las Vegas. Proving to be a top contender by winning the most Quickfire Challenges and Elimination Challenges in the history of the show, he stood out as one of the final three “cheftestants.” Gillespie was also voted fan favorite by the viewers of Top Chef.
Gillespie was named one of the Mother Nature Network’s top 40 Chefs Under 40 in 2009 for promoting better health for people and the planet. In 2010, he was honored as one of Gayot’s Top Five Rising Chefs and named as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef award. Gillespie was also invited to prepare a meal at the James Beard House in New York City and was featured on Cooking with Emeril.
In 2011, Gillespie was again named as a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef and nominated as Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef. He was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2012 and was named a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef again and as Best Local Chef by the Georgia Voice. In 2013, Gillespie went on a national book tour to promote his debut cookbook Fire in My Belly, and was named a 2013 James Beard Award finalist in the cookbooks category.
In May 2013, Gillespie opened his restaurant Gunshow in the Glenwood Park neighborhood of Atlanta. The restaurant features a unique dining style where Gillespie prepares both refined and rustic dishes and sends them out to the small dining room for guests to choose from. The menu is ever-evolving with wonderfully delicious food that is seasonally rooted, locally focused and unlimited in its stylistic boundaries. In 2014, Gunshow earned a spot on GQ’s list of 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants and on Esquire’s Best New Restaurants list. In 2014, Gillespie returned to Top Chef in the spinoff Top Chef Duels, facing off against Chef Art Smith and making it to the high-stakes season finale.
In 2015, Gillespie was named as a semifinalist for the Best Chef: Southeast James Beard Award. That same year, Gillespie opened his second restaurant, Revival, in Decatur, Georgia. The restaurant is a fresh take on the traditional, family-style Sunday dinner, with a focus on farm-raised and artisan-prepared ingredients. Gillespie’s second cookbook, Pure Pork Awesomeness, with best-selling author David Joachim, was released in 2015.