Kevin Gillespie, a 34-year-old Top Chef vet and the owner of Gunshow and Revival in Atlanta, is a local culinary hero. And like so many heroes in popular culture, he bears certain marks (no, not the tattoos) that signify his status as someone exceptional. Over coffee at Revival, his upscale take on a meat-and-three, he explains how two birthmarks and a peculiar family belief bolstered his rise to celebrated chef and restaurateur.
“This is some Old World shit,” he begins with a chuckle. When he was born, his paternal grandmother, Granny Geneva, noticed a slit in his earlobe and a streak of white hair on his leg, still visible today. The birthmarks were identical to those of her late husband, an imposing patriarch who had passed away just a month before. She dubbed the infant the reincarnation of Pa Clint, and no one argued.