Rising Star Chef Andrew Ticer of Hog & Hominy - Biography

Memphis, TN

September 2015

Not all big Italian families sow their roots in Long Island, Boston, and Chicago. No, there just so happen to be a few nonnas south of the Mason Dixon Line. In Memphis, Tennessee, those nonnas may be affectionately known as "maw maw," but their love of famliy and cooking transcends geography. Chef Andrew Ticer grew up with one such Italian family, and we he met Michael Hudman, who had a similar heritage and fire for cooking, great plans began to hatch. 

Mutually agreed upon a career in cooking, Ticer and Hudman both left Memphis after college, making their way to Johnson & Wales in South Carolina. Moving back after two years of schooling, the chefs apprenticed together under Chef Jose Guitierrez at Chez Philippe. Ticer and Hudman were able to solidify their skills under the Master French Chef Guitierrez, but after a year and a half of honing French technique, their Italian heritage came calling, setting the young chefs on a culinary journey to The Italian Culinary Institute in Calabria (with a stop in Lyon, for good measure).

Ticer and Hudman returned to the States inspired and ready to work, cooking for two years while they refined a business plan and scoured for real estate. Today, Ticer and Hudman are at the fore of Memphis’s food scene with restaurants Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy, as well as their newest venture Porcellino’s, a craft butcher shop. In 2013, they won StarChefs Tennessee-Kentucky Rising Stars Award and have been finalists for James Beard’s “Best Job, Southeast.”