Chef Gator Unveils Kevin Costner's Top 'Yellowstone' Snack

Behind the scenes, comfort food takes center stage

by Zain ul Abedin
Chef Gator Unveils Kevin Costner's Top 'Yellowstone' Snack
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Engaging millions with his riveting performances, Kevin Costner, the heart of the acclaimed series "Yellowstone," has always kept his fans intrigued, both on and off-screen. While his on-screen demeanor exhibits a tough, resolute rancher, behind the scenes, a simpler, more relatable aspect of his personality unfurls, particularly in his food preferences which have recently been brought to light by Chef Gabriel Guilbeau, affectionately known to the masses as Chef Gator. 

In a charismatic revelation on the latest double-feature episode of “Celebrity Eats,” Chef Gator, not only a master of the culinary arts but also a noted celebrity on the "Yellowstone" series, graciously invited viewers into the Delish test kitchen. Therein, he artfully demonstrated the preparation of comfort-food classics that have found a fond place in the hearts (and stomachs) of the series’ cast. From the rich, savory gumbo and étouffée to the hearty jambalaya and a plethora of barbecue items, the set of "Yellowstone" and its prequel series "1883," brims with decadent aromas and exquisite southern flavors. 

Kevin Costner's Sweet On-Set Indulgence

Yet, despite the array of delectable choices, it's the personalized meals crafted for each cast member that truly highlight Gator's culinary prowess. However, one cast member in particular, Kevin Costner, who brilliantly breathes life into the character John Dutton, possesses a notably discerning palate. Gator shared a delightful anecdote, revealing, “Before he met me, I think [Costner] solely lived off of canned chili and h*t dogs.”

While filming, Costner, perhaps an unintentional culinary connoisseur, often finds himself entwined with the heavenly scents wafting from Gator’s kitchen, consistently seeking a savory interlude during shoots. Interestingly, though professing a diligent adherence to diet and sugar avoidance, his resolve falters when confronted with his favorite sweet treat. Gator shares, “Kevin always likes to tell me he’s on a diet and off the sugar, and then he’ll ask me to make him an apple pie. Usually, it's within the same day.”

Culminating a five-year tenure overseeing craft services for director Taylor Sheridan's assorted film and television projects, Gator ascended to the limelight, becoming not only the Dutton family's chef in the visual narrative of "Yellowstone" but also delightfully blurring the lines between reel and real life. His culinary tales from the set provide a tantalizing glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of one of television's most beloved series.

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