Children’s charity Star Wishes for Children recently partnered with all-star chef and Bravo season six Top Chef finalist and “fan favorite” Kevin Gillespie to grant a wish for a girl with lupus nephritis. Wish Kid Angel’s life-threatening condition resulted in kidney failure and necessitated that she receive regular chemotherapy. Star Wishes for Children arranged for Angel to meet renowned executive chef, restaurateur, speaker, and author Kevin Gillespie for an unforgettable wish experience at his Atlanta restaurant, Gunshow. Meeting Kevin afforded Angel the chance to take notes from a seasoned expert whose craft, passion for being a chef, and personable humor she admires. Angel says that Kevin inspires her, but he says that he is the one who is lucky to meet her.
“It’s powerful. It’s humbling. And it’s an honor,” said executive chef Kevin Gillespie in hosting Angel at his restaurant as part of her wish of a lifetime.
Aware of the stress that accompanies children with life-threatening illnesses, Star Wishes for Children thought Angel deserved a break to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to meet the famed chef. “We are ecstatic to work with Kevin Gillespie in granting this phenomenal experience for Angel, and we look forward to connecting him with more of his fans on future wishes,” said Executive Director, Anna Lanzatella.
Angel and her family were also privy to luxury accommodations at The Westin Peachtree Plaza. They took a fun filled morning ride on the Peach Tree Trolley for a tour of historic Atlanta and spent an evening listening to Angel’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s musings on science, exploration, and the world as we know it.
On behalf of Angel and her family, Star Wishes for Children would like to thank all of the sponsors who participated in Angel’s wish: Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow, Red Beard Restaurants, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Peach Tree Trolley, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.