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.