Gazpacho is a classic hot-weather appetizer. Just chop and blend your veggies, soak some bread in tomato juice, add vinegar to your veggies, then put it all together in the blender. Season accordingly and puree until smooth. For chunky style, just chop your veggies evenly and skip the puree. Add watermelon for a surprising twist.
Spike works as the chef de cuisine at Tribeca's new hotspot restaurant, Mai House, owned by the renowned restaurateur Drew Nieporent. Mai House was named as one of the New York Times' top ten best new restaurants of 2007. Born in Montreal, Canada and trained in classic French cuisine in restaurants around the world. Spike has worked with Gerard Boyer at Les Crayeres, Thomas Keller at Bouchon and The Maccioni Family at Le Cirque. Spike believes in learning the basics to become the best. His latest venture is opening a new chain, Good Stuff Eatery, with his family (first location opening in Washington D.C. later this year) The new restaurant features his weaknesses -- hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and milkshakes.