Chef Hugh Mangum grew up among the diverse food culture of Los Angeles. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute in New York in 2001, Mangum worked in a range of restaurants including Jean Georges, Smoking Lil’s in Doylestown, PA, and Jules Thin Crust, an innovative pizza chain based in Pennsylvania.
All the while, Mangum was smoking meat as a side hustle and in 2011, Mangum introduced his slow-smoked creations to Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg food market as Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, where he quickly understood the food’s broad appeal. In 2012, he opened the brand’s flagship eatery in Manhattan’s East Village, and now has 15 locations globally, including Dubai, Manila, and Taiwan. Mangum has also appeared on “Cook Like an Iron Chef” with Michael Symon, “Unique Eats,” “Chopped”, and “Beat Bobby Flay.”