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Celebrating Life, Deliciously, at Cured

After battling cancer, Chef Steve McHugh has made giving back to the community his life’s brave new mission.

Cured isn’t just a popular new gastro pub at the Pearl, with a handsome young chef and house-cured charcuterie; it’s a testament to success and survival and a reminder that good things take time. Chef Steve McHugh—a 2016 semifinalist for the prestigious 'Best Chef: Southwest' James Beard award—is living proof of this.

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Diagnosed in 2010 at age 36 with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and grapefruit-sized tumors, the popular New York Culinary Institute of America-trained chef faced two operations and a year of chemotherapy before receiving a clean bill of health. As his grateful shout-out to the Alamo City, McHugh—who had come to San Antonio while running several restaurants with Chef John Besh—opened Cured at the Pearl last Christmas.

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“Cured really isn’t about me. It’s about seasonal, sustainable, healthful foods carefully created over time. My brothers and I grew up on a farm where we pickled vegetables, canned fruits, made sausage and cured meats, so this restaurant is as much a celebration of food and family as it is good health,” says Chef McHugh, who today is strong, hopeful and generous, supporting charities like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for which he is a board member, and Share Our Strength, a national hunger relief organization helping feed children in need.

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“To be given the opportunity to do something I love and share it with others is a gift I appreciate every day,” says McHugh with a big smile. “I'm just so happy and grateful.”