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#TopChef's Kevin Gillespie to Dish Out Southern Cuisine at "Boisterous" TomorrowWorld Festival

We get the scoop on what the Season 6 cheftestant will serve at the EDM festival, kicking off this weekend.

By Jocelyn Vena

Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie is ready to get his dance on. Well, he's, at least preparing to listen to the sick beats provided by the A-list DJs and artists performing at the TomorrowWorld Festival this weekend (September 25, 26, 27). The former cheftestant will serve up food at his pop-up restaurant during the event in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

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"We wrote a menu we feel like we can definitely execute in the middle of a festival with a lot of different distractions going on," the Kevin told The Daily Dish. "It's certainly an undertaking, but I think what we do well is bring restaurant experiences to people, whether they're inside the four walls of our restaurant or otherwise. And I feel like this is exactly what this is all about."

As it turns out, Kevin actually lives near the annual EDM festival but this marks his first time ever attending. "I have never been to the festival before. More often than not this is about the time of year I often take vacation, so coincidentally I've been gone very single year," he explained. "I know the festival takes place, but it's not something I've ever attended."

He also doesn't know a lot about the performers, who include David Guetta, Afrojack, and Martin Garrix. "Honestly, I am like a total neophyte in that respect," he said. "I know almost nothing about electronic music. I have a lot of friends that are in the music business and I know that this festival is important. What drew me to it wasn't the music, it was the production of the festival. It's how much they invested in making this festival an experience and not simply, 'let's all go stand in a field and listen to music.' So I think that parallels what we do every day."

He may not know all the songs stars like Tiesto will play, but he does know food. And his pop-up restaurant will include three different theme nights (Terminus City, Gunshow, and Revival), a takeaway picnic basket, and an intimate stage-side dinner slated for Saturday night. He's excited to see if his Southern-influenced cuisine makes for the perfect pairing with dance music. "I think the stimulus of the festival surrounding this restaurant will create, sort of, a bubble of energy that when you're inside the restaurant it's only going to add to the atmosphere," he said. "'Cause I like fun, lively boisterous kinds of places anyhow."

Here's a tasty preview of what's to come. 

Terminus City BBQ sandwiches on sale this morning. $6. Come see us at the market.

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