Friday, November 26, 2010

Meet the All Stars - Spike Mendelsohn

Spike is back without his sidekick Andrew D'Ambrosi, but he's still got his hat. Spike's cooking (and smooth-talking) pushed him all the way to the final five of his season.

Spike is the chef and owner of the popular Capitol Hill award-winning burger joint, Good Stuff Eatery, which opened in 2008 and has been frequented by the First Family on several occasions. In the summer of 2010 he opened his second restaurant We, The Pizza right next door. He recently published his first cookbook, The Good Stuff Cookbook and is working on his second book. Before moving to Washington, D.C., Spike worked as the chef de cuisine at NYC hotspot restaurant, Mai House, which was named as one of The New York Times’ top ten best restaurants during his tenure. Growing up in St. Petersburg, FL, where his parents owned and operated a restaurant, Spike knew he wanted a career in the culinary world at an early age. He attended the Culinary Institute of America where he received the school’s highest award, The Francis Roth Leadership Award, upon graduation. He went on to train in classic French cuisine in restaurants around the world including Gerard Boyer at Les Crayeres, Thomas Keller at Bouchon, and The Maccioni Family at Le Cirque.

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