Michael McHugh is a Rhode Island based chef best known for his creative approach and energetic presence in the kitchen. Michael began formal culinary training in early 2000 with a focus on pastry. Discovering a natural fascination with food and beverage, he soon became immersed in the world of cooking. “I have learned invaluable lessons by surrounding myself with talented chefs and cooks. Their guidance has greatly influenced my current cooking style and philosophy.”
After quickly climbing the ranks of the kitchen, Michael accepted a position as head chef at the classic Providence restaurant, Julian's. There he introduced innovative cooking techniques and programs such as their popular beer dinners; he also assisted in the openings of Providence restaurants Figidini, The Barstow, and The Salted Slate.
In 2017, Michael relocated to Westerly, RI. Over the past three years he has enjoyed working at The Engine Room and The Weekapaug Inn, owing largely to the availability of local, high quality ingredients these restaurants are able to offer. As Sous Chef of The Shipwright's Daughter, Michael looks forward to continuing to contribute and grow within our region's unique culinary community.