2018 Talent

Steve McHugh

Chef & Owner, Cured

Hailing from a small farm in Wisconsin, seasoned chef Steve McHugh has accomplished so much within his career: Cured was named one of the top 50 for “America’s Best New Restaurants 2014” by Bon Appétit and one of the six select Runners Up for Esquire’s 2014 Food and Drink Awards – “America’s Best New Restaurants.” Prior to coming to San Antonio, Steve McHugh began to make a name for himself in the culinary epicenter of New Orleans working as chef de cuisine for chef john best at August restaurant. McHugh’s most sterling achievement has been successfully battling cancer and his new lease on life propelled him to open his first restaurant located in San Antonio’s historic Pearl Brewery, Cured. Its name speaks to his feat as well as the artisanal cured meats hanging in view. The Purity of natural ingredients and hands-on, unadulterated culinary approach follows the same methodology that led to his own healing process. Years in the making, but held to McHugh’s own brand of perfection, Cured, his first gastropub opened in December 2013.