WON BEST NEW CHEF AT Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis, TN
WHY THEY’RE AMAZING Because they’re successfully putting their hometown of Memphis on the culinary map with daring nose-to-tail dinners and classic Italian recipes.
CULINARY SCHOOL Both: Johnson & Wales University (Charleston, SC), the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts (Calabria, Italy)
BACKGROUND Both: Chez Philippe, Frank Grisanti’s (Memphis)
QUINTESSENTIAL DISH Corn tortellini with duck confit and chanterelle mushrooms
HOW THEY MET Ticer and Hudman went to rival Catholic high schools and bad-mouthed each other during sporting events.
HOW THEY GOT INTO THE FOOD BUSINESS They both came from large Italian-American families with strong food traditions, and decided to open a restaurant way back in 1994.
NO-MENU MONDAYS The chefs serve dinner without menus on the last Monday of each month; customers are welcome to guess the components of dishes, which aren’t shared until the meal is over.
Andrew Michaels Italian Kitchen
712 W. Brookhaven Cir. Memphis, TN, United States