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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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Recent Posts

How to Buy the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Cooking Techniques

How to Buy the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Preparing the perfect Thanksgiving turkey can be an incredibly intimidating task. In a perfect world, we’d all have access to a freshly harvested wild turkey. But for many folks, that simply is not an option. This means that most of us will once again be left to figure out exactly how to transform a...
Kevin Gillespie Nov 17, 2022
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Greek-Style Grilled Octopus

Recipes

Greek-Style Grilled Octopus

This dish is inspired by an Atlanta chef named Pano Karatossos. His technique for braising and then grilling octopus creates perfectly tender meat while infusing aromatics and smoke into the finished product. The dish is best when finished on a charcoal or a wood-burning grill, but in a pinch, gas...
Kevin Gillespie Nov 10, 2022
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Greek Style Grilled Octopus with Chef Kevin Gillespie and Kimi Werner

MeatEater Cooks S01 E07 Nov 10, 2022

Greek Style Grilled Octopus with Chef Kevin Gillespie and Kimi Werner

Kimi Werner certainly knows her way around a kitchen, and when it comes to anything seafood she is an absolute pro. But even pros can still learn something new on occasion and Kevin wants to share a method of preparing octopus with Kimi that he learned from a fellow chef, who is famous for his...
Kevin Gillespie Nov 10, 2022
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Snow Goose Fit for King

MeatEater Cooks S01 E06 Aug 30, 2022

Snow Goose Fit for King

Snow Goose gets a bad rap for being less than extraordinary when it comes to table fare. In reality nothing could be further from the truth! Kevin shows Sean a spin on an American classic, Steak Diane, that is sure to impress even the most skeptical waterfowler.
Sean Weaver Aug 30, 2022
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Kevin Gillespie's Gear Picks

KUDU Grill
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Kudu Grills
$399.99
The choice of MeatEater's Head of Culinary, Chef Kevin Gillespie, and many others at MeatEater, the KUDU Grill is neither intimidatingly large nor expensive.
Large Boos Maple Cutting Board
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John Boos
$149.99
Made from Northern Hard Rock Maple, this board is durable and built to last a generation. Includes a juice groove and recessed finger grips as well as a flat side on the reverse.
Big Bite Grinder #22 - 1hp Stainless Steel Electric
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LEM
$679.99
Built for serious harvesters, this powerful grinder is made with a durable stainless steel body, all-metal gears, and a permanently lubricated motor, ensuring it can take on large quantities of meat with ease. Equipped with the LEM exclusive auger, the Big Bite meat grinder processes meat 30-50% faster than traditional grinders. From venison to bear and anything in between, this Big Bite Meat Grinder can process it all and is a must-have for...
PRO 60X Deluxe Two-Burner Cooking System
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Camp Chef
$319.99
For over 25 years, Camp Chef cooking systems have given you the power to cook like a pro wherever you go. The PRO 60X continues to epitomize this opportunity by providing the heating power, accessibility, and long-lasting durability to satisfy groups of hungry friends for years. Packing serious power with a total of 60,000 BTUs, this portable grill features an auto-ignition starter, fold-out side tables, and adjustable legs for cooking on uneven...
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