Spike Mendelsohn first competed on Top Chef: Chicago Season 4, where he was sent home just shy of the finale and came back to compete on Top Chef All-Stars Season 8. Growing up in St. Petersburg, FL and Montreal, Canada, where his parents owned and operated a restaurant, Spike knew he wanted a career in the culinary world at an early age and attended the Culinary Institute of America. 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. Being part of a food industry family, Spike put his dream of venturing out on his own on hold to work in the family business. In 2008, he was integral in opening the family’s popular Capitol Hill award-winning burger joint, Good Stuff Eatery, which has been frequented by the First Family on several occasions. In the summer of 2010, they opened another Capitol Hill restaurant, We, The Pizza. His first cookbook, The Good Stuff Cookbook, features American comfort food classics and favorites that are just right for the home cook.