Having parents who both served our country in the United States Air Force, Chef Sean Mendes was exposed at an early age to distinctive cuisines and cultures from all over the world. With a father who hailed from Portugal, Spain and a mother from South Carolina, soulful, authentic, interesting and unique culinary experiences were a regular part of his life growing up. In 2012 Chef Mendes opened and operated the wildly popular and successful food truck, Roadside Seafood in Charleston. A year and a half later, he opened a full-fledge restaurant under the same name. A few short years later in 2016, Chef Mendes decided to venture into the gourmet burger world, opened Blues Burger Joint in Charleston, and has been one of the go-to place for top shelf burgers ever since.

Chef Mendes was recently named one of the 2017 South Carolina Chef Ambassadors by the SCPRT.