Mark RosatiSHAKE SHACK
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.