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Mark Rosati


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.” From an

early age, he had a strong interest in food and a yearning to create.

In 1995, it was Mark’s creative mindset and restless spirit that drove him to New York

City to pursue a Film and Television degree from New York University. Life in the big city

was an eye-­‐opener. Instead of hitting the local bars each night, Mark would explore

different neighborhoods and sample their varying cuisines. It was during one of these

delectable missions that he met Chef Tom Colicchio at Gramercy Tavern—a fortuitous

meeting that truly set his culinary career in motion.

Mark swapped the production studio for the kitchen when in 2003 he accepted an

entry-­‐level position at Gramercy Tavern. During his tenure, he worked his way through

every station in the kitchen, climbing the ranks and honing his culinary chops along the


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 of 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, Mark is co-author of the cookbook, “Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories,” along with Shake Shack CEO, Randy Garutti. 

Follow Mark’s culinary pursuits on Instagram @mark_rosati.