Gunshow’s popular “Hired Guns” series is in its third year, and the 2016 lineup of guest chefs has already made a big bang with Kevin Gillespie’s friend and fellow “Top Chef” alum chef Brian Voltaggio. Next to visit is chef Vishwesh Bhatt of ​City Grocery Restaurant Group in Oxford, Mississippi, who will be making a guest appearance on Sunday, March 13 and Monday, March 14. Diners will have the opportunity to mingle with Bhatt and taste his cuisine while also experiencing Gunshow’s unique service style and innovative dishes.

Bhatt, a native of Gujarat, India, known for connecting Southern and South Asian foodways, serves as corporate chef of City Grocery Restaurant Group, overseeing the kitchens at City Grocery, Snackbar, Big Bad Breakfast, Main Event Catering andLamar Lounge. He joined the City Grocery Restaurant Group in 1997 and under the direction of chef John Currence, Bhatt began working as a line cook at City Grocery. After a brief hiatus, Bhatt returned to the City Grocery Restaurant Group in 2001, as the catering chef and worked his way up, before going on to open Snackbar in 2009. His menu of French bistro fare married with Mississippi’s culinary traditions earned him a People’s Best New Chef nomination from Food & Wine in 2011 and a James Beard Awards finalist slot for Best Chef: South in 2014 and 2015.

“I’m really excited to work with Kevin and the Gunshow team,” says Bhatt. “We share a deep appreciation for where we come from, Southern cuisine and injecting other cultural influences and exotic flavors into classic Southern ingredients.”

Gillespie, along with Gunshow’s executive chef Joey Ward and the rest of the restaurant’s “kitchen dudes” will be cooking alongside Bhatt both nights. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase via Xorbia. The cost is $95 per person (not including drinks, tax and gratuity).

“The best part about Hired Guns is the way the guest chefs and the Gunshow team feed off of each other’s creativity,” says Gillespie.  “I think our guests can really feel how much culinary passion is in the room during these dinners; the excitement is tangible.” 

The remaining 2016″Hired Guns” lineup is as follows:

  • May 22-23: Brian Baxter from HUSK in Nashville, Tennessee (Tickets on sale April 22 at 8 a.m.)
  • June 12-13: Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach, Florida (Tickets on sale May 12 at 8 a.m.)
  • September 11-12: Brooke Williamson of Hudson House in Redondo Beach, California (Tickets on sale August 11 at 8 a.m.)
  • October 16-17: Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina (Tickets on sale September 16 at 8 a.m.)

Gunshow is located at 924 Garrett Street. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are accepted but not required. Guests may park in the Glenwood Park parking lot and on the street. For more information, visit gunshowatl.comor call 404-380-1886.