Spike Mendelsohn - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Spike Mendelsohn

Santa Rosa Taqueria - Washington D.C.

An almost 30-year creatively diverse career has seen Spike Mendelsohn working as a chef and restaurateur, television personality, product developer, and consultant. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Mendelsohn worked with some of the world’s most renowned chefs and restaurateurs, such as Gerard Boyer, Thomas Keller, Sirio Maccioni, and Drew Nieporent. After making his television debut on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Spike has gone on to appear and host several other cooking-related shows.

In 2008, Spike opened up the first restaurant on Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill—Good Stuff Eatery. His burger joint quickly became a favorite of political elites, including President Barack Obama. The success inspired a cookbook and multiple locations across the country and overseas. His popular DC speakeasy The Sheppard, opened in 2014, paved the way for a second concept called Morris American Bar, which opened this year.

Applying his experience and expertise as a chef and restaurateur, Spike has worked with several brands by providing them with creative and comprehensive culinary consulting services. To put his passion for food equity and education into action, Spike began working with several organizations as a chef ambassador and contributor. His work landed him the position as the first chairman of DC’s Food Policy Council. He has used his voice to speak out about improving the quality of school lunches, equal access to whole and healthy foods and for the protection of the SNAP program. Spike continues to partner with groups like Food Rescue US and Food Policy Action to make a positive impact on our food system.