Kevin Gillespie will either be crowned “Top Chef” winner Wednesday, or pack up his knives and head on back to Woodfire Grill. (Read John Kessler’s show recap on his Food and More blog)
Either way, he and his new Bravo buddies seem to have bonded. A group of contenders hit town over the weekend to graze their way through their fellow aspirants’ kitchens.
On Saturday, Jennifer Carroll, Bryan Voltaggio and Mike Isabella visited Hector Santiago’s Poncey-Highland tapas bar, Pura Vida, checked in with Eli Kirshtein at Eno by Zaza in Midtown and then headed to Gillespie’s Cheshire Bridge Road restaurant. The crew brought what was left of their appetites to Holeman & Finch Public House for burgers and brew.
On Sunday the gang tailgated at Community Q BBQ in Decatur and wrapped up their culinary tour of Atlanta with a visit to Flip, former “Top Chef” finalist Richard Blais’ Westside burger boutique.
Gillespie is pitted against Voltaggio and his brother, Michael Voltaggio, in Wednesday’s finale, which airs at 10 p.m. The winner gets $125,000 and a spread in “Food and Wine” magazine, among other goodies.