Boston chef brings the heat on ‘Chopped Grill Mas­ters’ tonight.

Andy Hus­bands is ready to throw down.

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As a world-cham­pion pit­mas­ter, Andy Hus­bands is pretty good with a grill. Now he’s putting his skills on the chop­ping block.

The chef and owner of Boston-area hotspots Tre­mont 647 and The Smoke Shop is set to com­pete in the “Chopped Grill Mas­ters” tour­na­ment, with the win­ner re­ceiv­ing $50,000 and a trip to Napa Val­ley. Hus­bands will throw down against culi­nary stars Me­gan Day, Laura Frazee and Craig Ver­hage in the first round of the com­pe­ti­tion, which airs tonight at 10 p.m.

The Bay State bar­be­cue king, who pre­vi­ously com­peted on Gor­don Ram­say’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” tells us he had a blast prac­tic­ing and film­ing for “Chopped.”

“We had a fun and chal­leng­ing time prac­tic­ing,” Hus­bands says. “The ac­tu­ally tap­ing of it was wild. I’ve never seen any­thing like it.”

For folks who haven’t seen the Food Net­work se­ries, “Chopped” pits four chefs against each other as they cook up ap­pe­tiz­ers, en­trees and desserts for a panel of judges us­ing in­gre­di­ents from mys­tery bas­kets. The catch is, each round is only between 20 and 30 min­utes, so there’s no room for er­rors.

The Boston chef re­vealed that he en­joyed the thought­ful in­put and crit­i­cism from judges Alex Guar­naschelli, My­ron Mixon and Marc Mur­phy. He was also com­fort­able work­ing with the var­i­ous in­gre­di­ents on the episode, which range from weird pies and ve­gan prod­ucts to cuts of pork and beef ribs, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“I’ve been cook­ing for over 30 years, so I’m pretty com­fort­able in the kitchen, even kitchens I don’t know,” Hus­bands says. “What you re­ally want to do is look at an in­gre­di­ent and process what it is. What is its fla­vor pro­file? What is its cook­ing pro­file?”

In honor of the episode, Hus­bands is host­ing a view­ing party at The Smoke Shop in Cam­bridge. While the grill ex­pert is ex­cited to watch the episode in its en­tirety for the first time, he’s also a lit­tle ner­vous to see how he comes across on TV.

“I’m pretty ex­cited, but I haven’t seen the fi­nal prod­uct, so who knows?” Hus­bands says. “It’s nervewrack­ing.”

Hus­bands won’t be the only lo­cal star to ap­pear on “Chopped Grill Mas­ters” in Au­gust. Sweet Cheeks chef Tif­fani Fai­son will be a judge on the Aug. 8 episode.

As for whether Hus­bands makes it to the tour­na­ment fi­nale, which airs Aug. 29, fans will have to wait and see. Re­gard­less of his per­for­mance, he’s def­i­nitely down for an­other “Chopped” ap­pear­ance.

“’Chopped’ was fun,” Hus­bands says. “I like that high-en­ergy stuff. It was cool.”


Andy Hus­bands will host a view­ing party at The Smoke Shop.

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