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Atlanta’s Kevin Gillespie to appear on Cartoon Network this Sunday

courtesy of The Cartoon Network

courtesy of Cartoon Network

Atlanta’s Kevin Gillespie, chef of Woodfire Grill, is known for his stellar performance on “Top Chef” and for his likeness to the animated character Yukon Cornelius. Now Kevin has a new cartoon likeness — himself.

On this Sunday’s season premiere of the show “Squidbillies” on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Kevin plays himself, performing the voiceovers for his character. In this episode, main character Early Cuyler is dying from asbestos exposure and has three wishes granted from “Make a Miracle Network.” One of his wishes is to have a meal prepared by chef Kevin Gillespie.

Kevin’s cartoon debut arose from his time on “Top Chef.” Because Cartoon Network is headquartered in Atlanta, “Squidbillies” co-creator Dave Willis took an interest in Kevin while watching him compete. He says, “My wife and I are fans of that show, we tend to frequent the restaurants of the winners and root for the local chefs (Richard Blais, Kevin Gillespie, Hector [Santiago] from Pura Vida and Super Pan). Anything food, fashion or Housewives-of-whatever on Bravo seems like the exact opposite of Early’s world, so it seemed like a funny setup.”

Of his appearance on the show, Kevin says, “I was stoked when they asked me to do the show. I have been a huge fan of “Squidbillies” for a really long time and couldn’t believe that they wanted me to be a part of it. I hope I can do it again, it’s seriously one of the coolest things I’ve been asked to do.”

The episode appears this Sunday, Sept. 11 at 11:45 p.m. EST on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Watch a clip of the episode and of Kevin doing the voiceovers.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team.

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September 9th, 2011
12:32 pm

Hilarious – I’ve never, ever, watched an episode of Squidbillies (most CN original programming is not for me) but I will watch this one. :)

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September 9th, 2011
3:36 pm

Good for Kevin. He seems like a nice guy and his restaurant is great.


September 9th, 2011
4:29 pm

I KNEW it was gonna be this guy before I even hit the link! Haven’t tried Woodfire yet, but I loved the guy on Top Chef. Good for him! Way to go, Gnomie!


September 10th, 2011
10:50 am

What a cool thing to do! I love Squidbillies because of an unnatural adoration I have for Unknown Hinson, (Stuart Daniel Baker) the man who voices Early. Unknown is the king of country western troubadours and plays Atlanta on the regular. Check him out. He’s a trip.


September 10th, 2011
2:57 pm

Kevin is one of the coolest guy’s you could ever meet. If you stop by the grill when he’s at there, he will always take time to talk to you (well I’ve never tried when he has body parts over the fire, just when it looks like he has a minute). I was afraisd that would change after he did Top Chef, but it didn’t. He is still the same.

michael tuohy

September 10th, 2011
11:04 pm

Awesome! Congrats Kevin……..


September 11th, 2011
6:00 pm

Been there. Appropriate.

carla roqs

September 12th, 2011
8:45 am

not my kind of cartoon, but he is def my type of cook. i loved that boy when he was on top chef. he stayed true to himself as well as to his background. may have to watch that episode and def need to visit his restaurant. best wishes kevin!!

Cathy Gillespie

September 12th, 2011
8:50 am

Way to go son! I am soooo proud of you in all you do, but I know this was FUN as well. Enjoy yourself.