Born and raised in Seattle, Chef Andy 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 and has never looked back.
In 1992, following graduation from Johnson & Wales University and many cooking jobs in restaurants in and around Boston, Husbands was hired as Sous Chef at the nationally renowned East Coast Grill in Cambridge, 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 Abiquiú, New Mexico, and apprenticing at several San Francisco Bay-area restaurants.
Upon his return, he decided to turn his dream of opening his own restaurant into a reality. Husbands and high school friend Chris Hart pooled their collective funds and began seeking out investors for their 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 the once raw retail space into a beautiful and funky high-end eating establishment.
Tremont 647 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 seventy-seat restaurant, in the heart of the 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 changes bi-monthly to utilize what’s fresh in the market.
Husbands, whose motto is “anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never been bit by a mosquito,” is involved with a number of local and national hunger relief-focused charities, including Taste of the Nation, Share Our Strength and Boston’s Operation Frontline.
His blue-medal-winning team, iQue BBQ, has been competing in BBQ competitions all over New England since 1998. And in 2016, Husbands opened The Smoke Shop in Kendall Square, bringing his obsession with all things grilling and smoking to bear on the menu of slow-cooked, competition-style barbecue.
Husbands has authored five cookbooks: The Fearless Chef, Wicked Good Barbecue, Wicked Good Burgers, Grill to Perfection and Pitmaster. He was honored by the National Pork Board, as one of only five Celebrated Chefs in the country. He is also an honored chef of the Dairy Council, where he helps promote and even creates and tests recipes for the likes of national fast food chains like Sonic.