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February 12, 1969
Andrew "Andy" Husbands (born February 12, 1969) is a chef, restaurateur, author and television personality. Currently, he is executive chef/owner of the restaurants Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel in Boston’s South End, and the Smoke Shop in Cambridge. He came into the national spotlight in 2009 as a contestant on Season 6 of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay.
Born and raised in Seattle, Husbands moved to Massachusetts with his father in 1984 at the age of fourteen. That was the year he took an after school job working at a neighborhood bakery. In 1992 he became sous chef at the nationally renowned East Coast Grill under mentor Chris Schlesinger after graduating from Johnson & Wales University. In 1995 he took a cross-country trip on his motorcycle. He worked in several San Francisco based restaurants and lived on a New Mexico farm during his travels, these experiences greatly influenced the seasonally-focused menu at Tremont 647, which he opened upon his return in 1996. He opened his second space Sister Sorel, a tribute to his sister in 2000. He became widely known through his appearance in Hell's Kitchen, season 6. However, due to lack of teamwork and culinary skills, he was eliminated from the show by Chef Gordon Ramsay in 8th place.
Husbands is concerned about childhood hunger and donates his time and money to Share Our Strength, the national hunger relief organization. Husbands has also hosted the organization’s direct service program annual Operation Frontline (now called Cooking Matters) dinner at Tremont 647 for the past 12 years. He is honorary chair of Share Our Strength’s Boston Taste of the Nation annual fundraiser and is on the restaurant committee for the Rodman Ride for Kids an annual event that raises money for children’s charities.
When not in the kitchen and working with his favorite charities, Husbands is competing with his internationally recognized BBQ team: IQUE BBQ. IQUE became the first New England Team to become world champions of BBQ by winning the Jack Daniels World Championships in Lynchburg, Tennessee in 2010. In 2007 IQue took 1st place, out of 510 teams, in the brisket category at the Kansas City Royal.
Husbands' first cookbook, The Fearless Chef: Innovative Recipes from the Edge of American Cuisine was released in 2004. Husbands collaborated with iQue BBQ team mate, Chris Hart, for his second cookbook, Wicked Good Barbecue, released March 2012. April 2014 saw the release of Grill to Perfection with Page Street Publishing.
Husbands was a semi-finalist in the James Beard Award's Best Chef category in 2008 and 2009. Other honors include: Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, grand prize in the National Poultry Council's Grab Bag Contest and several "Best of Boston" awards from Boston magazine and several other Boston-area periodicals. In 2000 and 2002, he was named one of Boston nightlife's most influential people by Stuff at Night magazine. In the spring of 2005, he was one of only 5 "Celebrated Chefs" chosen by the National Pork Board. He participated in the Board's national media tour for its "Pork, the Other White Meat" campaign. A particular passion for Husbands is participating in barbecue competitions, which he has done from Vermont to Tennessee, capturing numerous trophies with his team. Most notably in 2007, Husbands' team (IQUE BBQ, sponsored by Harpoon Brewery) took 1st place out of 510 teams in the Brisket category at the Kansas City Royal.