This Year's Celebrity Chef Andy Husbands Here April 11
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 4, 2007
Andy Husbands, the Bostonian chef-restaurateur known for his unique take
on American cuisine, brings his talents to UNH next week with dining services’ annual
Great Chefs on Campus series.
He’ll start out giving cooking demonstrations at Stacy’s Buffet
in Cole Hall on Tuesday, April 10. Later, Husbands will help the Thompson
School restaurant management students prepare and serve lunch.
Then on Wednesday, he’ll give a lecture to WSBE students in McConnell
Hall. From 5 to 9 p.m., the Seattle-raised Husbands will be at Holloway
Commons with a camera crew from NECN’s T.V. Diner. Billy Costa, host
of T.V. Diner and a KISS 108 morning show, will be on hand as well.
Husbands owns the South End restaurants Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel,
which is located right next door. Recipes from Tremont 647 will be featured
in all three dining halls on April 11. Dinner is open to the public and
The special menu for the day includes a spicy mussel stir-fry, flank steak
and fresh mozzarella salad, corn, turkey and tomato quesadilla, lobster
macaroni and cheese, Tremont 647 oyster chowder, coconut seared Thai tuna
and, for vegans, sweet potato and rice cakes, eggplant and squash chutney,
and whole wheat pasta.
As a salute to Tremont 647’s renowned pajama brunch, dining services
decided to include their own version of the fun with a pajama party-themed
dinner. Anyone who wears pjs to dinner has a chance to win a prize and
participate in a pajama contest.
At 6 p.m., Husbands will sign copies of his first cookbook, “The
Fearless Chef.” A pie eating contest featuring his signature banana
cream pie will follow.
His appearance continues a long tradition of bringing talented, well-known
New England chefs to UNH.
“We bumped into Andy and were impressed with what he does,” says
Jon Plodzik, associate director of dining services. “We like to try
to find folks of notoriety in the area for our series and Andy fit right
Plodzik says Husbands’ cooking style is described as “on the
edge of American cuisine but with a twist.”
Husbands began cooking when he was 14 at an after-school job. A graduate
of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, he honed his
skills while working in a number of Providence restaurants. In 1992 he
was hired as a sous chef at the East Coast Grill in Cambridge, Mass., where
he trained under James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Schlesinger. He was
named executive chef the following year.
Husbands opened Tremont 647 in 1996 with his high school friend Chris
Hart. Among the restaurant’s signature dishes are Tibetan momo dumplings
and sea bass wrapped in a banana leaf.
“At one point he owned four restaurants,” Plodzik says. “He’s
very involved in his community. His philosophy is: Make sure you take care
of each other. And he’s a hands-on chef. If you go into his restaurants,
you can find him behind the line.”
Husband co-chairs Boston’s Taste of the Nation, an annual fundraising
aimed at ending childhood hunger, and serves on the advisory board of Operation
Frontline, a hunger-fighting program that has chefs teaching low-income
families how to cook nutritious meals.
“We hope Andy will bring a real excitement to our guests as they
get the chance to engage with him,” Plodzik says.
Past participants in the Great Chefs on Campus event include Mary Ann
Esposito, Martin Yan, Sylvia Woods, Ken Hom, Joan Harlow and Kevin Roberts.