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Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie is an Atlanta-based chef, author, restauranteur, and culinary contributor for MeatEater. He is the owner of the Red Beard Restaurant group and the founder of Defend Southern Food Foundation, an organization committed to helping alleviate hunger inside Atlanta communities. Kevin is a seven-time James Beard Awards finalist as well as a two-time finalist and “fan favorite” on Bravo’s hit TV show “Top Chef.” He’s a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman who seeks to inspire people to redefine their relationship with food by committing to more thoughtful and sustainable practices.

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Turkey Tetrazzini

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Turkey Tetrazzini

This Midwestern classic has all the hallmarks of 1950s cooking, including the abundant use of cheese and cream. The end result is pure comfort food goodness. Despite being incredibly simple to make, this dish definitely is a balancing act of seasoning. Just remember that lots of sauce when it goes...
Pheasant in White Wine Sauce

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Pheasant in White Wine Sauce

This recipe is from our MeatEater Cooks series. Click here to watch Cal and I cook up this special pheasant dish. While nearly every hunter knows how to deal with pheasant breasts, many find the legs and thighs of the bird to be a serious culinary challenge. This Alsatian version of the more common...
Video: How to Make Brown Sugar Baked Ham

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Video: How to Make Brown Sugar Baked Ham

Old-school baked ham harkens fond holiday memories for many people. You can cure and bake your own wild game equivalent with this simple recipe. I used a whole feral hog ham here but you can do this with a variety of meats. The important thing to cure this ham—and give it that distinctive ham flavor...
Vietnamese-Style ‘Shaking’ Elk

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Vietnamese-Style ‘Shaking’ Elk

This recipe comes from MeatEater Cooks—our new culinary series available on YouTube. In this episode, Steve and I cook up some of his New Mexico bull elk with a method that probably hasn't been used on many elk. This dish gets it’s odd name from the sound the ingredients make as they cook and bounce...
Italian-Style Duck Rice

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Italian-Style Duck Rice

This recipe comes from MeatEater Cooks—our new culinary series available on YouTube. In this episode, Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois and I both share our favorite duck rice dishes. I first learned this dish when I was a sous chef at Clarklewis in Portland, Oregon, in the early 2000s. I’d never seen a...
Pheasant Pot Pie

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Pheasant Pot Pie

A really great pot pie is all about creating a luscious filling baked between two sturdy but flavorful crusts. This recipe goes great lengths to make the sauce as luxurious as possible while ensuring the meat inside is not overcooked. The real secret to a great pot pie is baking the bottom crust...
Understanding Domestic and Heritage Turkey Breeds

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Understanding Domestic and Heritage Turkey Breeds

Turkeys are just about the most American of all poultry. They originated here and are celebrated by cultures ancient and modern. However, what was once a prized animal brimming with intelligence and flavor has now largely become a mere shadow of its original self. Thankfully, you have another choice...
Quail Fricassee

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Quail Fricassee

In Episode 3 of Sourced, Danielle Prewett, Durrell Smith, and I hunt quail in my home state of Georgia. This recipe is a spin on a classic Southern dish that's often be made with rabbit or chicken. The key to its success is allowing the butter in the pan to brown lightly before adding the meat. You...
Smoked Doves with Maple Glaze

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Smoked Doves with Maple Glaze

Dove hunting is as much about getting together with your friends to celebrate the beginning of hunting season as it is anything else. Almost every hunter I know only keeps the boneless skinless breasts of the doves, but I’m convinced that’s because they don’t realize just how easy it is to pluck a...
Mountain Goat Torta

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Mountain Goat Torta

This recipe is from the first installment of MeatEater Cooks—our new culinary series on YouTube. You can watch me and Steve tour his garden, discuss high-elevation goat hunts, and create this sandwich in in the first episode. Milanese is a type of thin meat cutlet that's been breaded and fried, and...