Last fall, there was a lot of excitement around food circles in Atlanta about rumored cheftestants from Atlanta who would be competing on Bravo’s Top Chef. The previous winter myself and a couple of blogger buddies Hardy & Rowdy checked out a number of Atlanta restaurants in what was deemed the Riding Dirty Challenge. We challenged restaurants and their chefs & sommeliers to put together food & wine pairings under $25. A lot of folks around town thought we were crazy (we are) but we had a great time and met some amazing chefs around town including Kevin Gillespie (seen above) and Eli Kirshtein who both made it onto the program. Before you ask, no Kevin didn’t prepare pork… pan roasted diver scallops, braised leeks & fennel, bouillabaise sauce & herb salad.
Fast forward to today, Kevin didn’t win top chef but was awarded fan favorite, gained a ton of fans, and his beard gained a facebook group. Speaking of beards, his facial hair has gained attention of bears. Not the bears in the zoo obviously, but hairy gay men that call themselves bears. Although not a bear himself, he has plenty of fans in the community and has a feature article in A Bear’s Life Magazine’s food issue out now.
The article isn’t available online without purchasing a subscription, but Kevin’s publicist provided three autographed issues for me to give away to fans (US & Canada) on the blog. The giveaway is easy…simply leave a comment on the blog and tell me what you like about Kevin by Sunday June 20, 11:59pm Eastern.