Chef Andy Husbands
Andy Husbands is an award-winning chef and owner of four wildly popular New England restaurants: Tremont 647 (winner of "Best of Boston" awards from Boston Magazine in 1998 and 2001), Sister Sorel, Rouge, and Kestral.
Andy is very involved in Share Our Strength, one of the country's leading hunger relief organizations. He is on the local and national advisory boards of Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline, a program that helps low-income families fight hunger.
He also co-chairs Boston's Taste of the Nation, an annual fundraising event for the organization.
With a growing national reputation as one of the country's most exciting chefs/restaurateurs, Andy Husbands has been cooking since 1984, when he was fourteen.
That was the year that Husbands, born and raised in Seattle where his father managed rock 'n roll bands, moved to Massachusetts. He took an after school job working at a neighborhood bakery, and hasn't looked back.
Financing his education at Johnson and Wales University, in Providence, Rhode Island, where he studied Culinary Arts and Food Service Management, Husbands worked at a number of Providence restaurants, in the forefront, under John Elkhay, and Guy Abelson at the InProv, honing his skills as he advanced through kitchen hierarchies in a variety of positions.
In 1992, following graduation and an "eating tour of some of Europe's cheapest restaurants," Husbands was hired as Sous Chef at the nationally renowned East Coast Grill, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked under James Beard award-winning chef Chris Schlesinger. In 1993, he was appointed Executive Chef.
In 1995, Husbands took the year off to travel the West Coast on his motorcycle, living and working on Elizabeth Berry's Organic farm in Abique, New Mexico and working at several San Francisco Bay area restaurants.
In 1996, he and his high school friend Chris Hart opened Tremont 647, with the mission to provide high quality food and hospitality, in a professional, fun and funky environment.
The 70-seat restaurant, in the heart of Boston's South End, serves up boldly flavored American cuisine, with inventive global influences. Husband's commitment to locally grown ingredients is reflected in the restaurant's eight-season cycle-the menu is changed bi-monthly to take advantage of what's fresh in the market.
Among Husbands' signature dishes: Tibetan Momo Dumplings, Truffle Scented-Fontina Stuffed Tater Tots, Seabass wrapped in a Banana Leaf, and Banana Cream Pie with Nut Brittle.
In the last quarter of 2002, Andy Husbands and wife Gretchen, teamed up with Peter White to open Rouge, another lively spot in the South End, combining Husbands Adventurous American Cuisine with Award-Winning Barbecue.
Rouge opened its doors in mid-October, at 480 Columbus Ave. where Husbands has created a menu that is diverse enough to please most any discerning palate.
Most recently, Andy, Gretchen and Peter joined forces with long time Executive Chef of Tremont 647, Jason Santos, to open Husband's fourth restaurant in his ever -growing "Andy Land". Kestral opened for business on December 11th 2003 in Providence, RI and Chef/Owner Santos is serving a menu of inventive American cuisine with global influences.
In his increasingly limited free time, Husbands, along with some good ole' friends, also participates in BBQ competitions under the team name; UFO Social Club, sponsored by Harpoon Brewery. His team has been competing since 1998, and has received the 2002 and 2003 Yahoo Cup for "Team of the Year," awarded by the New England BBQ Society as well as and 2003 NH State Champions and 2002 VT. State Champions. The UFO Social Club also traveled to Lynchburg, Tennessee to compete in the 2002 Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue Contest where they took 10th place overall, and also managed to place competitively again this year.
Andy Husbands is on the advisory board of the Boston Operation Frontline, a program that fights hunger by using chefs to teach cooking and nutrition to low income families. He co-chairs Taste of the Nation, an annual fund raising event for Share our Strength, one of the country's leading hunger relief organizations. Share Our Strength (SOS) works to alleviate and prevent hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. By supporting food assistance, treating malnutrition and other consequences of hunger, and promoting economic independence among people in need, Share Our Strength meets immediate demands for food while investing in long-term solutions to hunger and poverty.
"Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never been bit by a mosquito."