Taste of Hell’s Kitchen at Tremont 647
Our favorite local chefs are going all Hollywood on us. First it was Michael Schlow on “Top Chef Masters,” and now it’s Tremont 647 maestro Andy Husbands (a.k.a. the Fearless Chef ) on the sixth season of “Hell’s Kitchen.” Much to Chowder’s amusement, our hometown hero makes a televised effort to win over the notoriously nasty Gordon Ramsay on the show’s season premiere, which airs Tuesday, July 21 from 8-10 p.m. on FOX.
Expect to see Husbands butt heads with 15 other chefs from across America (including two other locals, David Cordio from Fitchburg and Jim McGloin from Nashua, New Hampshire) as he competes for a shot at the grand prize of a head chef position at Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia. (NOTE: We’re rooting for him to take home the consolation prize–not because we don’t wish him the very best, but because we’d be lost without his fontina-stuffed tater tots.)
For the show’s first challenge, each contestant had to prepare his or her signature dish in 30 minutes or less. Husbands’s pick? His roasted pork tenderloin with barbecue glaze and bacon corn relish. (What, no momos?)”In only 30 minutes, I could prepare a wonderful dish at Tremont 647,” he says. “But when you’re in a kitchen that you’ve never been in before, dancing with 15 other people at the same time and [Ramsay breathing down your neck], it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
Hungry for more? You could watch the episode at home. But if you’re smart, you’ll watch it with the contestant himself. Tremont 647 will air the show after serving the same three-course meal that the contestants prepare on the episode. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $49 per person; they’ll be holding subsequent viewing parties every Tuesday night until Andy gets voted off. (That means that Taco Tuesdays will temporarily move to Wednesdays).
And maybe we’ll find out that he isn’t so fearless after all.