For Chuck, a highlight 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.How do you manage running your own restaurants and discovering new trends as a chef?
Teaming up with two of his best friends, Hughes opened Montreal's Garde Manger in 2006. You've worked your way through restaurants of all kinds since you were a teen. I feel so blessed that customers come in and eat our food every day. It doesn't matter who you are, we want to treat you in an honest way. I eat out a lot and I travel a lot and go to so many different places. Right now in Canada the food scene in general is blooming. When you eat poutine in Quebec, it's nothing fancy, kind of like disco fries, one of those late-night snacks that is super-unhealthy.
Being a small-town boy from Montreal, lobster poutine was part of our repertoire. It didn't help us on "Iron Chef." We did win, but not because of that. But if I had to do it all over again, I would still make the lobster poutine.
You go to Malaysia and on a street corner there's an 85-year-old woman with five ingredients and the best flavor in your life.
Chuck recently launched Deep Dish MTL, Canada’s first multi-chef recipe i Pad/i Phone 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 , and he has joined an all-star panel of expert judges on Chopped Canada, which presently airs on Food Network.