Chuck Hughes is the multi-talented star of Food Network Canada’s Chuck’s Day Off and Chuck’s Week Off as well as the co-owner and chef of Montreal hot-spot, Garde Manger. His unbridled passion for entertaining translates into both unforgettable food and captivating television. Chuck loves food. So much so his favourites are tattooed on his arms: bacon, lemon meringue pie, lobster and arugula just to name a few.
After going to culinary school and working in some of the hottest restaurants in Montreal he partnered with his two best friends and opened Garde Manger to rave reviews and packed seating. In August 2011, he and his partners opened their second restaurant in Montreal – Le Bremner.
For Chuck, one of the highlights of the last few years took place when he walked into New York City’s Kitchen Stadium and became the youngest Canadian chef to win on Iron Chef America. He also became the only Canadian chef to beat the legendary Bobby Flay. Following that win, Chuck was asked to join nine other celebrity chefs including Robert Irvine and Anne Burrell to battle it out on season four of Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs.
In 2012, Harpercollins Canada released his first English cookbook “Garde Manger” and it immediately became a best-seller. Last June, they released Chuck’s second cookbook based on his popular TV series Chuck’s Day Off and it too became a best-seller. Recently he launched DeepDishMTL, Canada’s first multi-chef recipe iPad/iPhone app, which features recipes from some of Montreal’s finest chefs. Currently, he stars in Chuck’s Eat The Street, which airs on the Cooking Channel in the U.S. and he has joined an all-star panel of expert judges on Chopped Canada, which presently airs on Food Network in the U.S. and on Food Network Canada on Thursday’s at 10pm ET.
Judge on Chopped Canada