Today on "Cooking with Emeril," we learned that Spike Mendelsohn wants to do a lot of things: Take home top honors at the New York Wine and Food Festival's Burger Bash again this weekend, go big on "Top Chef All-Stars," and expand his Good Stuff Eatery from DC to New York City to give Shake Shack a run for its money. He also wants to feed you exquisite French fries and make you laugh by telling stories about his Uncle Denny.
Spike Mendelson spins a yarn about his Uncle Denny
After few more yarns about his culinary training (formal, French stage and all), his family's culinary traditions (ran dozens of restaurants over the years, cooking half Greek and half Jewish at home), and what he'd be doing if he weren't a chef (marine biologist), Spike submitted to Emeril's rapid-fire questions about a few of his favorite things.
Country to eat in? Vietnam
Cookbook? Bouchon by Thomas Keller
Kitchen gadget? Spoon (Come on, not the burger bun butter roller?)
Cocktail? Hendricks Gin and Tonic with Cucumber
Cooking technique? Roasting
Now that you got to know a little more about Spike, check out the Good Stuff. Warning: Viewing these photos may make you salivate.