F&W Free Preview All You Coastal Living Cooking Light Food and Wine tab Health myRecipes Southern Living Sunset
My F&W
quick save (...)

A Carnivore's Best Vegetarian Dishes

How did a guy with a boar's-head tattoo become so incredibly good at inventing vegetarian dishes? Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie uses his granny's wisdom.

Chef Kevin Gillespie has a giant boar's-head tattoo on his forearm that's almost as famous as his red beard (which has a Facebook fan page of its own). But the pork proselytizer and Top Chef Season 6 finalist showed his vegetable prowess on the show by cooking a winning meal for vegan actress Natalie Portman.

"I tried being a full-on vegetarian myself for a while," he says. He gave that up, but to keep his weight in check, he goes meatless during Lent and a few times a week for the rest of the year. "In the South, we put meat in everything, but it's a bit of a misconception that we eat a lot of it," he says. "My granny probably ate pork every day, but it was generally a thinly pounded piece of meat served with lots of vegetables."

Gillespie's next project is undoubtedly meat-centric: He's opening a barbecue joint in Atlanta this fall. But he offers a stellar vegetarian tasting menu at Woodfire Grill, and he often finds that he loves the dishes so much, he includes them on his regular tasting menu.

Still, Portman has yet to try Gillespie's food in Atlanta. "Please pass along my open invitation for her to dine in my restaurant anytime," he says.

More Great Recipes:

Top Chef Season 6 Video

Published September 2010
You Might Also Like

Comments

Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    advertisement
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    American Express Publishing ("AEP") may use your email address to send you account updates and offers that may interest you. To learn more about the ways we may use your email address and about your privacy choices, read the AEP Privacy Statement.
    How we use your email address
    advertisement
    Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world’s most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 20-22.