From the humble beginnings of an 8 square foot apartment kitchen Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, better known as The Hearty Boys, have become trend setting caterers, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, and nationally known television personalities.
As the original winners of Search For The Next Food Network Star, Dan and Steve went on to become the first out gay couple to host a U.S. television series with Food Network’s Party Line With the Hearty Boys. They can be seen most recently cooking at their Michigan home on PBS’ “A Moveable Feast”.
The duo’s first restaurant, HB: a hearty boys spot, claimed the number one spot in Timeout Chicago’s Best Dish of the Year. Their Michelin recommended follow-up restaurant, HEARTY, received 3 stars from the Chicago Tribune and has been much lauded for it’s “inspired and deft twists on iconic dishes”.
They have authored two cookbooks; Talk with Your Mouth Full; a trove of behind the scenes entertaining knowledge and The New Old Bar; an everyman’s guide to the current cocktail movement.
Their newest venture is a burger joint on Chicago’s northside. Named SpritzBurger, it’s a collaboration with two time Beard award winning pastry chef Gale Gand. The restaurant deftly features the strengths of each chef with Steve’s handmade artisan soda cocktails, Dan’s creative grass fed burgers and Gale’s award winning desserts.
Dan and Steve live in Chicago and Michigan with their 9 year old son, Nate.