Atlanta's Woodfire Grill chef/owner and season six Top Chef "fan favorite" Kevin Gillespie got himself a two-book cookbook deal. According to Publishers Marketplace, it got picked up by Andrews McMeel Publishing in a preempt, meaning that it went for a nice chunk of change. One book for him and one for his beard?
The cookbooks were described as "the author's passion for his food showcased through rustic, raw, and "heirloomesque" photos and celebrating Kevin's philosophy that learning is one of the key values in good cooking."
He'll be collaborating with cookbook author Dave Joachim — not to be confused with David S. Joachim, the banking editor of the New York Times — who's worked on over 25 cookbooks and is probably most well known for his A Man, a Can series.
In September, Gillespie explained why he wasn't competing on Top Chef: All-Stars, saying that he didn't "need a second opportunity to feel like a winner." Well now he another good reason: he'll be busy working on his cookbooks.
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