MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Two of Bluff City’s most famous chefs are cooking up something special for this week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship.
Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman are best friends behind some of Memphis’ finest restaurants, and they’re bringing some of their “best bites” to TPC Southwind for just one week.
The Gray Canary, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Bishop, Catherine & Mary’s, Eight & Sand, Hog & Hominy are six restaurants owned by two fun-loving guys with one common passion: the love of cooking.
Andy and Michael, longtime Memphis, have been best friends and foodies since they were kids. We caught up with them, aprons off, to stir up a jumble of memories and more.
“We started hanging out in 7th, 8th grade,” Ticer said. “We played sports against each other.”
As their childhood bond grew, so did their love for cooking.
“Having Sunday dinners at Maw Maw’s on both sides of our families was very important…kind of opened up a world where there’s another group of people who did the same thing we did growing up,” said tick.
Andy, a Hotty Toddy alum, and Michael, an Auburn Tiger graduate, say “Maw Maw” is credited with inspiring them to create their own special recipes.
“It was watching our grandmothers cook in the kitchen at a very young age, like a high school freshman, we were talking about opening a restaurant in Memphis one day,” Ticer said. “We had a game plan in place like going to college, then going to culinary school, then going to school in Italy, so we just started ticking off the goals.”
One of those goals was achieved in 2008 with the opening of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in East Memphis. Half a dozen restaurants later, and these best friends tick another item off their to-do list: bring back birdies and bubbles at TPC Southwind.
“The birdie is the sandwich we launched at Birdie’s & Bubbles 2 years ago,” says Hudman.
He adds that it was such a hit that they decided to do it again.
The eight-time James Beard Award finalists are thrilled to bring their Italian-inspired Southern soul fare back to the links, and help raise money for the Mid-South’s only children’s cancer research hospital at the same time, is par excellence.
“St. Jude is like such an amazing place and as a Memphian growing up, having our own family and our own kids, it really hit home how important this place is,” Ticer said.
As a special treat this year, for the first time, BFF Chefs are expanding the Birdies & Bubbles menu with a fan favorite typically prepared only in the Hog & Hominy kitchen.
“We’re going to bring the John T burger to the golf tournament,” Hudman said.
It’s a perfect blend of onion, cheese, marinated lettuce and mustard – a burger like no other.
Tournament fans will also have a variety of “Andy Michael” gardens to choose from.
“You get the birdies, the John T, the hushpuppies and the shishito peppers,” Hudman said.
As for those birdies, you can find them year-round on the menu at Eight & Sand in the lobby of the Central Station hotel in downtown Memphis, and for five glorious days in August, you can have fun catching some. one at FedEx St. Jude Championship.
Hudman describes The Birdie as “a chicken sandwich with spicy honey, a bit of herb coleslaw, mayonnaise, and pickles.”
The chef’s best friends promise it will be a hole-in-one.
Birdies & Bubbles is open to the public with shaded seating and can be accessed from the #16 fairway just across Tournament Drive.
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