Kevin Gillespie of Top Chef Out of Bocuse D’Or Running

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Knives at Dawn author Andrew Friedman discovers that Top Chef’s Kevin Gillespie is no longer in the running for the B’Ocuse d’Or qualifiers, while Jim Burke (executive chef-owner of James restaurant in Philadelphia) now is. No explanation as of the moment, but Friedman has his theories: “I always wondered how Gillespie, who basically had to earn his spot to avoid elimination in another contest, was going to find the time and motivation to properly compete at this event. If he dropped out to make room for a more Bocuse-passionate candidate, it might have actually been a noble gesture, as strange as that may sound.”

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Top Chef’s Kevin Gillespie Out of Bocuse d’Or USA Competition [Toqueland]