Mark Rosati

Culinary Director, Shake Shack

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Born and raised in Connecticut, Shake Shack Culinary Director Mark Rosati grew up enjoying many of the state’s legendary roadside seafood and burger shacks. In 1995 Mark’s creative mindset and restless spirit drove him to New York City. After pursuing a film and television degree, he swapped the production studio for the kitchen when in 2003 he accepted an entry-level position at Gramercy Tavern.

In 2007 Mark’s desire to gain front-of-house experience led him to Shake Shack. He joined the original Madison Square Park location as a manager and quickly found that Shake Shack’s fine dining heritage and casual atmosphere were the perfect mix for his background and personality. He helped open the Upper West Side Shack in the fall of 2008 as a manager, but he was always tinkering in the kitchen with new recipes, many of which became menu items and specials over the years.

By the summer of 2010, it was clear that Mark’s true calling was menu development, and he was named Shake Shack’s culinary development manager. Mark’s simple yet sophisticated approach to making refined, delicious comfort food has had a tremendous impact on Shake Shack’s menu in both the United States and abroad. In 2013 Mark was promoted to his current position, culinary director, where he continues to push the envelope and redefine what’s possible for a fine-casual restaurant by creating award-winning dishes. Most recently his special edition MeisterShack was named Best Burger at the 2014 South Beach Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash.

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