Chef Kevin Gillespie is buzzing from the most recent award for his restaurant Gunshow, nominated by GQ Magazine as one of the 25 best new restaurants in America, and he’s hot on the trail of another victory.
This time, he seeks the title of “Master Blaster” (the honorary title for short-order cooks) at the Waffle House Smackdown at this year’s Charleston Food & Wine Festival. Stakes are high, as Gillespie will compete against defending champion Mike Lata of FIG, Chris Shepherd of Underbelly and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen.
These chefs have their own restaurants, but wanted to get down and dirty and prove that they can cook up Waffle House food for a panel of judges, including local Waffle House owners and Bon Appetit Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton.
Gillespie means business. Armed with a camo Waffle House hat, he jumped on the line to fry onions for omelettes, scramble eggs and brown toast. After all, he is representing Atlanta’s hometown restaurant chain.
His Twitter has been “feeding” us photos all morning of his “training” at a Waffle House in Newnan as he prepares for the event that will take place at the Charleston Food & Wine festival on March 8th.
“I’m a huge fan of the Waffle House so getting to go in and learn from the best was an awesome experience,” Gillespie told us. “Everyone at the Thomas Crossroads location pitched in to show me the ropes and now it’s up to me to bring back a win for the state of Georgia- my home and where Waffle House began!”
Check out our photo gallery of the training to follow the action.
- By Alexa Lampasona (@lampnsofa) for the Food & More blog