TREMONT 647 | Boston
Born and raised in Seattle, Husbands moved to Massachusetts
with his father in 1984 when he was 14. That was the year that Andy
took an afterschool job working at a neighborhood bakery, and he
has never looked back. In 1992, following graduation, and many,
many cooking jobs in restaurants in and around Boston, 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, Andy was appointed
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 apprenticing at several San Francisco
Bay area restaurants.
A year later, Andy returned to Boston and decided to turn his
long-time dream of opening his own restaurant into a reality. Standing
in front of a boarded up storefront at 647 Tremont Street, the 26-year-old
chef thought about everything he had done in his life to bring him
to this moment. Andy and high school friend Chris Hart took all
of the money they had, opened a joint bank account, and began to
actively seek out investors for this very ambitious project. Over
the next six months, they met with financial advisors, architects,
real estate brokers and potential investors, built up a capable
team of professionals, and turned this once raw retail space into
a beautiful and funky high-end eating establishment.
Tremont 647, at long last, opened its doors in December
of 1996 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.
Building upon his success with Tremont 647 (and next-door
Sister Sorel) Andy decided to try his luck as a Chef/Restaurateur
once again, and opened another lively neighborhood spot in the South
End. In the fall of 2002, he teamed up with former Tremont 647 Bar
Manager, Peter White to open Rouge, at 480 Columbus Ave., where
Husbands is serving up his famed award-winning BBQ and casual American
cuisine. Upon the opening of Rouge reporters have humorously begun
dubbing the South End as “Andy Land”.
In September of 2004, Andy Husbands released his first cookbook,
“The Fearless Chef”, and spent the better part of the
fall traveling the country, making TV, radio, and bookstore appearances
on his wildly successful national cookbook tour. He has also been
awarded the extremely high honor of Chef/Restaurateur of the Year,
2004, by the Nation’s leading hunger relief organization,
Share Our Strength, which Andy has worked very closely with for
the past 8 years. Most recently, in the spring of 2005, Andy was
honored by the National Pork Board, as only one of 5 chosen “Celebrated
Chefs” in the country. Husbands participated in the NPB’s
national media tour for their “Pork, The Other White Meat”
Andy Husbands, along with some good ole’ friends, also participates
in BBQ competitions under the team name; iQue BBQ, sponsored by
Harpoon Brewery. Husbands’ 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, 2004, and 2005 NH State Champions, 2002 VT. State Champions,
and the 2004 New England Regional BBQ Champions. As part of the
UFO Social Club, Andy traveled to Lynchburg, Tennessee to compete
in the 2002 Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational BBQ contest
where the team took 10th place overall, and also placed competitively
again in 2003 and 2004.
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 the
Boston 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. Andy’ motto:
“Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference
has never been bit by a mosquito.”
AT: What are your favorite
restaurants – off the beaten path – in Boston?
AH: Miami Café –
that’s where I get my Cubano. S & S Deli – across
from the East Coast Grill for chopped liver sandwiches. I crave
them! Tacos El Charo – for burritos and tacos. The Busy Bee
for breakfast in Brookline is awesome.
AT: What trends do you see
emerging in the restaurant industry now?
AH: It’s got to go to
all humane-handled, natural beef and meats. More organic and locally
produced vegetables – it’s got to go that way.
AT: Where do you see yourself
in 5 years? In 10 years?
AH: I’ll be here at Tremont
647. I’m really happy. I have a really good team.
AT: Tell me more about your
involvement in Share Our Strength:
AH: I’m a big Share Our
Strength supporter. We have to change this world. The world would
be a better place if everyone spent one hour a month to help someone