Chef and Restaurateur

In January of 2004, Spike Mendelsohn began his education at the Culinary Institute of America. During his time at school, Spike had an externship with Chef Gerard Boyer at the famous Restaurant Les Crayeres in Reims, France. Upon his return to the Institute, was chosen for a trip to Vietnam, which influenced his technique and cuisine.  

Erwin Gomez

Celebrity Stylist, Makeup & Eyebrow Guru 

Erwin Gomez is a Celebrity Stylist / Makeup & Eyebrow Guru and is a prominent fixture on the international fashion scene. He has worked with many prominent celebrities in television, publishing and politics. Barbara Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush states that Erwin is "Mr. Brow Genius". Barbara's sister Jenna proclaims Erwin as "amazing".



Bartender and Beverage Director

David Strauss has a twenty year service industry background. He began in the back of house for Marriott hotels in NY at the age of 15, working as a dishwasher and then prep cook and finally line cook. While in college in North Carolina, David began in the back of house of an Italian dining concept, "Ragazzi's" and in 2 years was promoted through all positions until becoming the executive chef. 




Vinoda Basnayake

Founder and Principal