Spike Mendelsohn first competed on Top Chef: Chicago Season 4 and came back to compete on Top Chef All-Stars Season 8. Growing up in St. Petersburg, FL and Montreal, Canada, where his parents operated a restaurant, Spike knew early on he wanted a career in the culinary world and eventually went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. He then learned the classic cuisines at world renowned restaurants Gerard Boyer at Les Crayeres, Thomas Keller at Bouchon, and The Maccioni Family's Le Cirque. In 2008, he opened his first restaurant, the award-winning burger joint in Washington D.C. called Good Stuff Eatery and has since opened two more, very popular locations in the area. Spike also opened two locations of We, The Pizza in D.C. and most recently a steak frites restaurant Béarnaise located just next to the original Good Stuff Eatery location.