May 1, 2011
Chuck Hughes was on the fast track to a career in advertising, but somewhere along the way he fell in love with the restaurant business. He enrolled in culinary school, started working in the city's hottest kitchens and hasn't looked back.
In 2006, he and his two friends opened their own place. He loves simple, well-made food: "It's food!" he says, "It's meant to be fun and taste good -- it doesn't have to be fancy." If you want to know about some of his favorites, look no further than his tattoos: lobsters, oysters, bacon, and arugula suggest that this guy REALLY LOVES his craft.