Andy Husbands is an award-winning pitmaster who began developing his own unique style of cooking upon opening Boston’s Tremont 647 in 1996 and later, Sister Sorel. His latest culinary venture, The Smoke Shop, culminates Husbands’ continued success and pays homage to his extensive background in the competitive barbecue circuit. His honest, approachable fare makes Smoke Shop the "Best Barbecue Restaurant" according to Boston Magazine, and the restaurant has been praised in The Boston Globe, Wine Spectator, Star Chefs, and more. After nearly three decades in the restaurant industry, Husbands serves as one of Boston's most celebrated culinary leaders and foremost authority on regional Barbecue and live-fire cooking. He competed on the sixth season of FOX Television Network’s fiery Hell’s Kitchen and is internationally-recognized for his BBQ team, IQUE BBQ, who became the first New England team to win the World Champions of BBQ title in 2009 at the Jack Daniels World Championship in Tennessee. Husbands is a large contributor to Share Our Strength as well as an active board member of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, who acknowledged him as the 2014 Chef of the Year and a Rodman Celebration Restaurant Chair. He has also co-authored several cookbooks, including Pitmaster, Wicked Good BBQ, Wicked Good Burgers, Grill to Perfection,and The Fearless Chef.
Ken Goodman is a freelance photographer based in New York City. He specializes in food and chef photography, concerts, events, portraits and cookbooks. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine and Art Culinaire, and he has photographed Mario Batali, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Michael Stipe, The Edge, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Mariska Hargitay, Stanley Tucci, Jon Bon Jovi, and Anthony Bourdain (among others). Prior to his photography career, he spent 20 years in the restaurant industry as a classically trained chef, culinary educator, and restaurant consultant.