After attending Ohio University and the Culinary School of Kendall College, Chef Huston worked his way through some of Chicago’s most prominent restaurants under many outstanding chefs. During his time at Spiaggia, Paul Bartolotta, gave Chef Huston advice he would never forget. “I was once told that if you love [home] so much, the best thing to do is get out of town and bring something new back to the city you love” and that is exactly what Chef Huston did.
Huston took off for San Francisco where he worked with Judy Rodgers for two years at Zuni Cafe. He also traveled through Europe to study international cuisine. Returning to Chicago, he spent time working under Paul Kahan of Blackbird, who became a very important culinary mentor. His last journey was to Colorado where he worked for six and a half years in various restaurants including The Kitchen in Boulder, CO. Finally back home in Chicago he worked with Paul Kahan at Avec. The two opened the gastropub, The Publican in 2008, with Huston as the chef de cuisine.
Chef Brian Huston worked as the chef de cuisine of The Publican for six years before stepping down in March of 2014 to focus on the opening of his own restaurant, Boltwood. Boltwood, located in Evanston, Illinois, was named after the freshman wing at Chef Huston’s former high school. He wanted the name to represent “the start of a new journey, a place that is uniquely diverse, a place that feels alive with energy and enthusiasm and a place where relationships are built.” Chef Brian Huston wanted to introduce “a new-American restaurant with an ever-changing and locally-sourced menu that is both adventurous and approachable” to his hometown.
What is your favorite ingredient and why?
Whatever is in season. Tomatoes in the summer, apples in the fall and citrus in the winter. I also really love cooking with asparagus in the spring.
Why did you choose BlueStar for your home kitchen?
I think of BlueStar as the Apple computer of the stove world. Simple in manufacturing with a straight forward and simplicity in terms of how it’s put together. It’s sleek and has cool color options.