Gabriel “Gator” Guilbeau, Author: Gabriel “Gator” Guilbeau originally hails from North Hollywood, CA, but formed both his culinary identity and Gator persona over many youthful summers spent in the heart of Cajun Country—Acadiana, to be exact. At least three generations of outstanding Cajun chefs comprise the South Louisianan portion of his family tree—most notably his grandmother, Evadelle Guilbeau, and his father, David “Cajun” Guilbeau, a renowned fixture in the culinary sector of the film industry himself. It was from these influences that he learned about not only his heritage but also the unique culinary tradition of Cajun Cooking. Blending both refined techniques and an improvisational cooking style, Gator combines imagination, emotion, and an emphasis on local ingredients to create perfect dishes for every occasion. With a focus on sights, sounds, smells, and flames, Gator and his creations are a show not to be missed.
Gator is best known by his fans for his role in the hit television series, Yellowstone, where he plays a personal chef to the Dutton family. His character—like the professional chef—is lauded for his Cajun cooking and one-of-a-kind style. Although Gator’s Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and Cajun Dirty Rice are among his signature dishes, he is most well-known his Kickin’ Chicken Tenders with Pickled Jalapeño Sauce, a southern fried, spicy, jalapeño-glazed chicken dish. It's known to have been requested by more than one award winner. Never one to rest on his laurels, his next project is his own branded line of Gator’s Hot Sauce. After refining his flavor concepts with the cast and crews of Yellowstone, 1923 and 1883, Gator has opened his own food-processing company, Trapper Peak Foods LLC, to lab test, market, and distribute his hot sauce to friends and fans alike.