Talking Atlanta… with Courtney Rushing

Pizza Toppings

Another guest blog from my colleague at Kennesaw State University, Dr Josh Azriel who is rising to my challenge of examining the relationship between food and the high streets of the world for my book ‘Taste and the TV Chef’.. 

It can be daunting breaking into food media, especially television.  Yet, 23 year old Courtney Rushing, of Atlanta, Georgia in the United States has embarked on a new career.  As a recent college graduate of Kennesaw State University, Courtney entered a Facebook contest and won an opportunity in June to appear on an American national television show, Live with Kelly and Michael.  She led a cooking demonstration outside the studio on a sidewalk in New York City.  She is waiting to see if she finished in the top 2  for cooking guest appearances with social media “likes” for a chance at a second appearance on the show.  In the meantime she hosts a food blog, “Rushing to the Kitchen” at rushingtothekitchen.com.

Courtney sat down with Kennesaw State University Journalism Director Josh Azriel to talk food, her career and where she likes to eat in Atlanta.

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Talking Atlanta.. with Kevin Gillespie

Spencer Gomez chopping padron peppers

One of the joys of being a media academic is the opportunity to work with people all over the world who love to ask the deeper questions of life. Media academia is like journalism with a bigger dictionary, but the best academics (and journalists) are the ones who prod in a way that leaves the interviewee and the listener with something to chew on. Dr Josh Azriel, once a journalist, now Journalism and Citizen Media Director at  Kennesaw State University in Atlanta rose to my challenge of helping me research how food has formed city identity for my book Taste and the TV Chef by grabbing an interview with TV chef, Kevin Gillespie. Here’s his interview and a little background. Take it away, Josh….

In the last decade, Atlanta, Georgia emerged as a culinary destination rivaling other southern American cities such as New Orleans and Charleston.  Atlanta is home to several celebrity chefs who appear on American television programs focused on cooking contests.  One of the those chefs, Kevin Gillespie, finished in the top three on Season 6 of Top Chef which is broadcast on the BRAVO cable network.  He holds the record for winning the most quick fire challenges on the program.  Kevin will appear on CNN’s Culinary Journeys this summer.  Kevin owns two restaurants in Atlanta, Gunshow and Revival (opens 23 July,2015) and is the author of two cookbooks, Fire in My Belly and Pure Pork Awesomeness.

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