These local chefs will be on the Food Network next month

Chef Andy Husbands eating one of his award-winning ribs.
Chef Andy Husbands eating one of his award-winning ribs. –Courtesy the Smoke Shop

Two local chefs known for their barbecue skills will appear on episodes of a popular Food Network show in August.

Chefs Andy Husbands (The Smoke Shop, Tremont 647) and Tiffani Faison (Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama) will both be on special episodes of Chopped dedicated to grilling. Dubbed Chopped Grill Masters, each episode will pit four pit masters against each other in an elimination-style competition.

Husbands will appear as a contestant on an episode that will air Aug. 1 at 10 p.m., while Faison will appear as a guest judge on the Aug. 8 episode that will air at 10 p.m.

Tiffani Faison. —Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Husbands will hold a viewing party at The Smoke Shop during his episode, with reservations strongly encouraged.


Update (4:45 p.m.): Chef Stephen Coe, executive chef of the newly opened Dorchester restaurant The Industry, will also be on Chopped Grill Masters, appearing as a contestant on the August 15 episode. Coe and co. will host a viewing party at The Industry that evening.

Episodes will follow the traditional structure of a Chopped episode: The competition will be split into three rounds, dedicated to entrees, appetizers, and desserts, respectively. The chefs will be tasked with preparing one dish per round using specific ingredients in a limited amount of time, and one chef will be eliminated at the end of  each round. The winners of each of the four Chopped Grill Masters episodes will return for an ultimate competition that will air on Aug. 29, for a chance to win $50,000 and a “Napa Valley dream vacation.”

Husbands, who previously appeared on the Gordon Ramsay cooking show Hell’s Kitchen, told Boston magazine that he practiced for the competition using a backyard grill setup.

“I was not successful every time,” Husbands told the publication. “The first round is 20 minutes, which is no problem if you know what you’re doing. But I had to run to our pantry area, then the plates were somewhere else. The first couple times were upsetting, and I thought, ‘I’m not going to be able to do it.'”


In the end, Husbands said he actually found the Chopped set easier to navigate.



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