Portrait of Kevin Gillespie
Portrait of Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie is a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, speaker and cancer survivor.

Expertise: Cooking, restaurants, grilling, leadership

Award-winning chef Kevin Gillespie grew up in Locust Grove, Georgia and developed his love of cooking from his grandmother. He owns acclaimed Gunshow, Revival, and Slabtown restaurants in Atlanta, along with Gamechanger in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Ole Reliable in the Georgia-Pacific Center. He has published two cookbooks, "Fire In My Belly" and "Pure Pork Awesomeness." He co-founded the Defend Southern Food Foundation to provide meals for hungry families near his restaurants. He was a 2022 finalist for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurateur award and was a finalist and the fan favorite on Bravo's "Top Chef" season six and a finalist on "Top Chef All-Stars." Kevin was named a 2015 and 2017 semifinalist and 2016 finalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: South award and has previously been a semifinalist for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award for three consecutive years, nominated for Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef and named in Forbes' 30 Under 30.
The secret to this supertender ham is keeping it wrapped in foil while it’s cooking and resting, letting it reabsorb any moisture released during the cooking process. “If you can’t pick up the foil-wrapped ham without burning yourself, then it’s not done resting!” says pork pro Kevin Gillespie, chef at Revival in Decatur, Georgia. Slideshow: More Ham Recipes 
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Chef Kevin Gillespie has become a master of no-waste cooking. At his restaurant Revival in Decatur, Georgia, they use the leftover scraps from their house-smoked ham in stewed collard greens, fat back soup and the breakfast casserole they serve at brunch. This pillowy, satisfying strata is a great make-ahead brunch dish—serve it with a crisp green salad on the side.
Kevin Gillespie roasts cooked farro (a type of wheat) in a skillet to give the grain a sweet, toasty flavor and a pleasant chewiness.Kevin's Tip: Roasting cooked farro makes it taste almost like popcorn. More Delicious Ideas for Farro
Skillet-Roasted Spiced Okra
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Okra is popular in Southern cooking; Kevin Gillespie roasts it with Indian spices like cumin. The crispy okra is delicious on its own or with yogurt and lentils. Kevin's Tip: Skillet-roasting okra in hot oil makes it crispy, not slimy. More Healthy Vegetables
"My granny taught me that when corn is very fresh, the juices are naturally creamy," Kevin Gillespie says. "I took that as the gospel." He grates half of the corn here to make a luxurious puree that thickens without cream.Kevin's Tip: Scraping corn cobs with the dull side of a knife removes the juices. Bobby Flay: Grilled Corn More Corn Recipes
Black-Eyed-Pea Salad
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Kevin Gillespie often serves this simple bean salad over thinly sliced tomatoes. "They act like a plate underneath," he says.Kevin's Tip: In late summer, look for fresh black-eyed peas for salads. More Healthy Vegetables
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Black-Eyed-Pea Salad
Rating: Unrated
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Kevin Gillespie often serves this simple bean salad over thinly sliced tomatoes. "They act like a plate underneath," he says.Kevin's Tip: In late summer, look for fresh black-eyed peas for salads. More Healthy Vegetables