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Interview with Chef and Top Chef Cheftestant Spike Mendelsohn- Part II

Yesterday, we presented Part I of our interview with Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn. If you missed it, you can view it here. We continue with our interview.

Clean Plate Charlie: Do you have any plans for expanding Good Stuff Eatery outside of DC?

Spike Mendelsohn: As far as Good Stuff Eatery goes, we're about to launch a huge expansion plan. Right now we have plans to expand the restaurant to three new locations - one in Philly, another in DC, one in Chicago and maybe one in Miami, which I'm really excited about. Shake Shack got here first, of course, but there's room. I think I'll do really well here because my restaurant is different than any burger place and I feel we do burgers the best. Besides, I feel like Miami is home. Every year we come down here and the people are really nice. All the locals are really great here . I even have family down here.

What restaurants do you like to visit when you're in Miami?

I went to BLT, I like Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. David's is great for Cuban and Lime.

Did you get the special Lime VIP card at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival?

I do have the Lime Card.

Now that the event is over - what was your secret code?

"I have the munchies." I didn't pick it, but it's great.

Does that mean you're a bit of a stoner?

Yeah a little, maybe.

Do you have any plans in the works for television?

I have a couple of things sitting in every camp. I like all the channels - Food Network, Travel Channel, History Channel. We'll see who wants to do something with me, We'll see if I have a hit or not. I feel like I'm at the point where I really worked hard to get here.

If you could have a sweetheart television deal, what would be your "dream" show?

It would be a traveling show. I would like to yank Anthony Bourdain right out of the Travel Channel and take over. Seriously, he's a friend and I love what he does. I love traveling, I love meeting people, I love food and I like going to places where nobody goes. I would love to incorporate that into a show because that's what I've done. I've lived in Vietnam, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland. I've traveled all my life cooking and finding amazing places to eat. I think that would be a great show.

Stay tuned for a recipe by Spike Mendelsohn, coming soon. 

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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