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Gunshow Chef Kevin Gillespie Diagnosed With Renal Cancer

The Top Chef alum and his family ask for privacy while he recovers

Kevin Gillespie
Chef Kevin Gillespie
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

Chef Kevin Gillespie (Gunshow, Revival) has been diagnosed with a rare form of renal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer.

A representative for Gillespie provided the following statement,

“After months of not feeling well, Kevin Gillespie has been diagnosed with a rare form of renal cancer. In the coming weeks, Kevin will have surgery to remove one of his kidneys. He has surrounded himself with a team of incredible doctors and plans to return to his restaurants as soon as he is able. Until then, he is deeply grateful for your support.”

“As he recovers, Kevin requests that he and family are afforded the time and space to fully restore his health.”

While Gillespie recovers from surgery, Marco Shaw—vice president of Gillepsie’s Red Beard Restaurants group—will oversee the operations of the company. The chefs and teams at each restaurant will operate business as usual.

Gillespie is set to open his next restaurant project Cold Beer in 2019. The 7000-square-foot beer garden and cocktail bar will be located at the Edge along the new extension of the Eastside Beltline trail in the Old Fourth Ward. The mixed-use complex also includes the third Atlanta outpost of Shake Shack and Hazel Jane’s Wine & Coffee from the team behind Revelator Coffee.

Cold Beer is moving forward as planned. Atlanta-based architect firm ai3 is “deep into the design phase right now.” Cold Beer will be under the guidance of Gunshow’s beverage director and cocktail maven, Mercedes O’Brien.

In addition to Gunshow and Revival, the Top Chef alum owns Gamechanger in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and catering and special events side project Terminus City BBQ.


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