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Kevin Gillespie

Celebrity Chef, Former "Top Chef" Fan Favorite

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Kevin Gillespie Biography

Chef Kevin Gillespies true passion lies in serving his customers quality food every day. This enthusiasm means incorporating the use of fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients in all of his dishes. His goals as executive chef of Woodfire Grill are to increase the usage of local products, make seasonal dishes more exciting and create a youthful atmosphere at the restaurant.

One of his books, Fire in My Belly, includes more than 120 recipes that celebrate quality ingredients and mirror the kitchen at Woodfire Grill but were developed specifically for home cooks. The book provides a glimpse into the formative years of a rising culinary star while showing readers what to do with great seasonal ingredients through one-of-a-kind chapters like Foods You Thought You Hated and When I Want to Eat Healthy. Publishers Weekly calls it an impressive cookbook debut...with commentary that is just off-color and honest enough to be quite funny.

An Atlanta native, Gillespie began his culinary education at the Art Institute of Atlanta where he was able to apply several scholarships he had previously earned from cooking competitions and other academic success. During school, Gillespie was determined to gain the experience he needed to become a successful chef. While carrying a full course load at the Art Institute, he worked part time at various restaurants perfecting his craft. After graduating with honors, Gillespie went on to hold different positions at several well-known Atlanta restaurants including chef de partie at Atlanta Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, sous chef at TWO Urban Licks and chef de cuisine at Woodfire Grill. He enjoyed his time at each of these places but found a true connection at Woodfire, where he originally stayed for two years. In August of 2006, Gillespie headed to the West Coast where he went to work as executive sous chef at Fife Restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

After a year and a half there, he missed his family and friends in the South and returned to Atlanta. Gillespie came back to Woodfire Grill to continue to work for his friend and teacher Michael Tuohy. In the summer of 2008, Nicolas Quiones and Bernard Moussa of Five Senses Restaurants, LLC purchased Woodfire Grill and made Gillespie the new executive chef. They felt that in order to carry on Woodfire Grills reputation and mission, he was the most qualified for the position. Through his training, skill and passion, Gillespie maintains the values and ideas on which the restaurant is based.

In addition to achieving this partnership at the restaurant, Gillespie also earned a spot on Bravos Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef for the shows sixth season in Las Vegas in 2009. 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 this seasons final three chef-testants who competed for the Top Chef title in Napa Valley. Gillespie was also voted fan favorite by the viewers of Top Chef.

As a rising young culinary star that brings more than just good food to the table, Gillespie was named one of Mother Nature Networks top 40 Chefs Under 40 in November 2009 for linking farms to forks and promoting better health for people and the planet. In February of 2010, he was honored as one of Gayot.com's Top Five Rising Chefs and named as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundations Rising Star Chef of the Year award. A few months later, in June, Gillespie was invited to prepare a meal at the James Beard House in New York City and was also featured on Cooking with Emeril on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. In 2010, Gillespie was selected as a Celebrity Chef Ambassador for the Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program and also received The Art Institute of Atlantas Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding accomplishments in the restaurant industry. Gillespie accepted this alumni award in December 2010 at the schools graduation ceremony where he also served as the commencement speaker.

In 2011, Gillespie was again named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundations Rising Star Chef of the Year award and nominated for Food & Wines The Peoples Best New Chef. Gillespie has even been honored in cartoon form; in September 2011 he performed the voiceovers for his own character on the season premiere of Squidbillies on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim. In this episode, the main character is dying from asbestos exposure and gets three wishes granted, one of which is to have a meal prepared by Chef Kevin Gillespie. In November 2011, Gillespie served as a keynote speaker for the international conference of Les Dames dEscoffier, a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. In December 2011, he was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in the magazines listing of tomorrows brightest stars.

2012 has been another successful year for Gillespie, as he was named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundations Rising Star Chef of the Year award again in February and Best Local Chef by Georgia Voice in July. Gillespie was also chosen to join Leadership Atlantas LEAD Atlanta Class of 2013, a prestigious leadership development and community education program, and hosted Co+op, Stronger Togethers video series celebrating the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives. In this series, Gillespie traveled to food co-ops across the country to share their passion for delicious food and their local communities. In addition to his fall book release, Gillespie is the featured chef in a Fine Food and Wine Cruise to French Polynesia this September, giving travelers an exclusive culinary travel experience. The end of year also marks a new chapter in Gillespies professional career as he leaves his position at Woodfire Grill to focus on his new restaurant, Gunshow. Gunshow opens in March 2013 in the Glenwood Park area of Atlanta and feature a unique dining style where Gillespie prepares dishes from refined to rustic and sends them out to the small dining room for guests to choose from. During Gillespies time at Woodfire Grill, the restaurant has been featured on CNN and in Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and Mens Health as a dining destination for visitors to Atlanta.

When he is not at the restaurant, Gillespie can be found participating in culinary events around the country including the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Serenbe Southern Chef Series, Charlie Palmers Pigs & Pinot, High Museum Wine Auction, Music to Your Mouth Festival and Top Chef: The Tour. Additionally, he has previously partnered with Morellis Ice Cream to create a selection of seasonal sundaes for the shop. Gillespie currently resides in the Ormewood Park neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife, Valerie. He is a member of Slow Food Atlanta, Southern Foodways Alliance, Chefs Collaborative, Georgia Organics and the Society for the Preservation of traditional Southern Barbecue. In his spare time he enjoys camping, playing music and barbecuing.

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    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Kevin Gillespie for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Kevin Gillespie, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Kevin Gillespie or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Kevin Gillespie

    Speaking fees for Kevin Gillespie, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Kevin Gillespie are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Kevin Gillespie, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Kevin Gillespie speak about?

    Kevin Gillespie is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Celebrity Chefs, Food, Lifestyle, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Kevin Gillespie travel from?

    Kevin Gillespie generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Kevin Gillespie’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Kevin Gillespie for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kevin Gillespie for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Kevin Gillespie or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Celebrity Chef, Former "Top Chef" Fan Favorite

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Kevin Gillespie Biography

Chef Kevin Gillespies true passion lies in serving his customers quality food every day. This enthusiasm means incorporating the use of fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients in all of his dishes. His goals as executive chef of Woodfire Grill are to increase the usage of local products, make seasonal dishes more exciting and create a youthful atmosphere at the restaurant.

One of his books, Fire in My Belly, includes more than 120 recipes that celebrate quality ingredients and mirror the kitchen at Woodfire Grill but were developed specifically for home cooks. The book provides a glimpse into the formative years of a rising culinary star while showing readers what to do with great seasonal ingredients through one-of-a-kind chapters like Foods You Thought You Hated and When I Want to Eat Healthy. Publishers Weekly calls it an impressive cookbook debut...with commentary that is just off-color and honest enough to be quite funny.

An Atlanta native, Gillespie began his culinary education at the Art Institute of Atlanta where he was able to apply several scholarships he had previously earned from cooking competitions and other academic success. During school, Gillespie was determined to gain the experience he needed to become a successful chef. While carrying a full course load at the Art Institute, he worked part time at various restaurants perfecting his craft. After graduating with honors, Gillespie went on to hold different positions at several well-known Atlanta restaurants including chef de partie at Atlanta Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, sous chef at TWO Urban Licks and chef de cuisine at Woodfire Grill. He enjoyed his time at each of these places but found a true connection at Woodfire, where he originally stayed for two years. In August of 2006, Gillespie headed to the West Coast where he went to work as executive sous chef at Fife Restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

After a year and a half there, he missed his family and friends in the South and returned to Atlanta. Gillespie came back to Woodfire Grill to continue to work for his friend and teacher Michael Tuohy. In the summer of 2008, Nicolas Quiones and Bernard Moussa of Five Senses Restaurants, LLC purchased Woodfire Grill and made Gillespie the new executive chef. They felt that in order to carry on Woodfire Grills reputation and mission, he was the most qualified for the position. Through his training, skill and passion, Gillespie maintains the values and ideas on which the restaurant is based.

In addition to achieving this partnership at the restaurant, Gillespie also earned a spot on Bravos Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef for the shows sixth season in Las Vegas in 2009. 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 this seasons final three chef-testants who competed for the Top Chef title in Napa Valley. Gillespie was also voted fan favorite by the viewers of Top Chef.

As a rising young culinary star that brings more than just good food to the table, Gillespie was named one of Mother Nature Networks top 40 Chefs Under 40 in November 2009 for linking farms to forks and promoting better health for people and the planet. In February of 2010, he was honored as one of Gayot.com's Top Five Rising Chefs and named as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundations Rising Star Chef of the Year award. A few months later, in June, Gillespie was invited to prepare a meal at the James Beard House in New York City and was also featured on Cooking with Emeril on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. In 2010, Gillespie was selected as a Celebrity Chef Ambassador for the Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program and also received The Art Institute of Atlantas Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding accomplishments in the restaurant industry. Gillespie accepted this alumni award in December 2010 at the schools graduation ceremony where he also served as the commencement speaker.

In 2011, Gillespie was again named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundations Rising Star Chef of the Year award and nominated for Food & Wines The Peoples Best New Chef. Gillespie has even been honored in cartoon form; in September 2011 he performed the voiceovers for his own character on the season premiere of Squidbillies on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim. In this episode, the main character is dying from asbestos exposure and gets three wishes granted, one of which is to have a meal prepared by Chef Kevin Gillespie. In November 2011, Gillespie served as a keynote speaker for the international conference of Les Dames dEscoffier, a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. In December 2011, he was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in the magazines listing of tomorrows brightest stars.

2012 has been another successful year for Gillespie, as he was named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundations Rising Star Chef of the Year award again in February and Best Local Chef by Georgia Voice in July. Gillespie was also chosen to join Leadership Atlantas LEAD Atlanta Class of 2013, a prestigious leadership development and community education program, and hosted Co+op, Stronger Togethers video series celebrating the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives. In this series, Gillespie traveled to food co-ops across the country to share their passion for delicious food and their local communities. In addition to his fall book release, Gillespie is the featured chef in a Fine Food and Wine Cruise to French Polynesia this September, giving travelers an exclusive culinary travel experience. The end of year also marks a new chapter in Gillespies professional career as he leaves his position at Woodfire Grill to focus on his new restaurant, Gunshow. Gunshow opens in March 2013 in the Glenwood Park area of Atlanta and feature a unique dining style where Gillespie prepares dishes from refined to rustic and sends them out to the small dining room for guests to choose from. During Gillespies time at Woodfire Grill, the restaurant has been featured on CNN and in Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and Mens Health as a dining destination for visitors to Atlanta.

When he is not at the restaurant, Gillespie can be found participating in culinary events around the country including the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Serenbe Southern Chef Series, Charlie Palmers Pigs & Pinot, High Museum Wine Auction, Music to Your Mouth Festival and Top Chef: The Tour. Additionally, he has previously partnered with Morellis Ice Cream to create a selection of seasonal sundaes for the shop. Gillespie currently resides in the Ormewood Park neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife, Valerie. He is a member of Slow Food Atlanta, Southern Foodways Alliance, Chefs Collaborative, Georgia Organics and the Society for the Preservation of traditional Southern Barbecue. In his spare time he enjoys camping, playing music and barbecuing.

Kevin Gillespie Videos

  • Top Chef Star Kevin Gillespie - YouTube
    How big of a Foodie is Basketball star Kevin Durant ft Chef Ryan Lopez | Gold Medal Entourage - Duration: 8:06. Olympic 199,164 views · 8:06.
  • Kevin Gillespie Drops The Meat On The Jeff & Jenn Show | Star 94.1 ...
    Celebrity Chef Kevin Gillespie "Drops The Meat" On The Jeff & Jenn Show on Star 94.1 in Atlanta! Kevin identifies 4 out 5 meats as they hit the ...
  • Meet Atlanta's Chef Kevin Gillespie - YouTube
    Atlanta's food scene is being defined by people like Kevin Gillespie, a James Beard Award-nominated chef, contestant on Top Chef, and owner ...

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  • How do I book Kevin Gillespie to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Kevin Gillespie for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Kevin Gillespie, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Kevin Gillespie or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Kevin Gillespie

    Speaking fees for Kevin Gillespie, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Kevin Gillespie are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Kevin Gillespie, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Kevin Gillespie speak about?

    Kevin Gillespie is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Celebrity Chefs, Food, Lifestyle, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Kevin Gillespie travel from?

    Kevin Gillespie generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Kevin Gillespie’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Kevin Gillespie for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kevin Gillespie for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Kevin Gillespie or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Kevin Gillespie is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kevin Gillespie for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Kevin Gillespie generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Art Smith, Jose Garces, Michael Schwartz, Jonathan Waxman and Fabio Viviani. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kevin Gillespie for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kevin Gillespie Speaker Videos

  • Top Chef Star Kevin Gillespie - YouTube
    How big of a Foodie is Basketball star Kevin Durant ft Chef Ryan Lopez | Gold Medal Entourage - Duration: 8:06. Olympic 199,164 views · 8:06.
    Kevin Gillespie Drops The Meat On The Jeff & Jenn Show | Star 94.1 ...
    Celebrity Chef Kevin Gillespie "Drops The Meat" On The Jeff & Jenn Show on Star 94.1 in Atlanta! Kevin identifies 4 out 5 meats as they hit the ...
  • Meet Atlanta's Chef Kevin Gillespie - YouTube
    Atlanta's food scene is being defined by people like Kevin Gillespie, a James Beard Award-nominated chef, contestant on Top Chef, and owner ...
    The Dish: Chef Kevin Gillespie - YouTube
    Kevin Gillespie has a deep love of all things Southern, especially the food he grew up with. When he was seven years old, he declared his ...
  • 1:55 Get to Know Chef Kevin Gillespie, Author of "Fire in My Belly"
    Kevin Gillespie's "Fire in My Belly" - YouTube

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