Andy Husbands – Owner/Chef of Trement 647
Andy Husbands has had quite a career, accomplishment after accomplishment. His signature restaurant, Tremont 647, has been serving adventurous American cuisine in the South End of Boston for nearly twenty years. He has published four books along the way, Wicked Good Burgers, The Fearless Chef, Wicked Good Barbecue (won National Barbecue News’ “2012 Best Book of the Year” award), and the new Grill to Perfection. He appeared on the 6th season of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” with the always energetic Gordon Ramsay. His internationally recognized BBQ team, IQUE BBQ, won the world championship of BBQ by winning the Jack Daniels World Championships in Lynchberg, TN. And he won 1st place, out of 510 teams, in the brisket category at the Kansas City Royal. Andy was a James Beard Semi Finalist in the “Best Chef” category and won Wine Spectators “Award of Excellence.” He has just won the Massachusetts Chef of the Year Award, Wow.
Watson McMillan – Director of Strategy and Marketing for The Forgeois Group
Georges Forgeois came to America penniless and now runs The Forgeois Group, a six restaurant group in New York City. Georges started Jules Bistro first which quickly became a city standard. He followed with Cafe Noir which is just finishing a move. Soon Cercle Rouge and others followed, all French bistros. Clarkson is the newest addition, an AMerican bistro. All of the restaurants reflect Georges’ desire to capture the spirit of his youth in France, Algeria and Senegal. Watson McMillan is a numbers guy, with an impressive career on Wall Street. He has brought in by Georges to grow the Group, perhaps turning Cafe Noir into a national chain. We talk about the expansion plans and Watson’s efforts to brand the ultimate French bistro!