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kevin gillespie promotes Chris McCord to Chef DE CUISINE at gunshow
McCord’s extensive Atlanta restaurant résumé includes FAB, The Globe and Ink & Elm
ATLANTA (Jan. 14, 2019) - Gunshow owner Kevin Gillespie is excited to announce the promotion of Gunshow sous chef Chris McCord to the position of chef de cuisine. For the past three years, McCord has worked beside Gillespie, former executive chef Joey Ward and the critically acclaimed Glenwood Park restaurant’s culinary team. He has proven that he excels at the innovative, interactive Gunshow way to cook for the enthusiastic guests who routinely line up outside the door each evening.
“It’s been exciting to watch Chris’ creative growth as a chef over the past three years here at Gunshow,” says Gillespie. “He has become a great leader and is more than ready to take over the kitchen. This will be a seamless transition because Chris is already such a critical part of the team.”
Gillespie and McCord’s history together dates back to their days studying at the Art Institute of Atlanta (AIA), where Gillespie was a year ahead and frequently dazzled his younger classmate with his knife skills.
“I remember watching Kevin chop garlic with a paring knife and trying to figure out how he worked the blade so quickly and efficiently,” says McCord. “To this day, Kevin is still teaching me new things every time we’re in the kitchen together.”
For experienced Atlanta diners, McCord’s résumé reads like a greatest hits collection of landmark Atlanta restaurants. Upon graduation from AIA, he learned how to work in a fast-paced restaurant kitchen alongside mentors Joe Schafer and Adam Waller at The Globe on Spring Street. “They put me on the meat station on a Friday night,” recalls McCord. “I had never cooked a piece of meat before in a restaurant, and I didn’t even know what a medium rare piece of meat looked like. Joe just told me, ‘Well, tonight you’re going to learn.’”
From there, McCord worked at French American Brasserie in downtown Atlanta, learning forward-leaning French cuisine beside executive chef Stephen Sharp. He eventually led the kitchen there and later transitioned to FAB, the restaurant’s Buckhead incarnation. McCord reunited with Sharp at Ink & Elm, an acclaimed seasonal modern Southern cuisine restaurant in Emory Village.
Ink & Elm’s unexpected shuttering was Gunshow’s gain, and McCord hasn’t looked back. “Gunshow is a dream job for any chef. You’re encouraged to be creative every day in an environment that’s not tied to recipes, only ideas. It’s hard work, but no two days are ever the same. Not many restaurant chefs get a chance to experience that.”
Gunshow is located at 924 Garrett Street. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Guests may park in the Glenwood Park parking lot and on the street. For more information, visit gunshowatl.com or call 404-380-1886.
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