Chef "Winthorpe" Spence

Our Chef

Chef Winthorpe "Skee" Spence is a native of the beautiful island of Jamaica. His interest in cooking began at the tender age of six while watching his mother prepare cultural gourmet meals. Chef Spence and his family migrated to Queens, NY, where he grew up and decided to pursue his passion for cooking. He enrolled and later graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1991. His professional career as a chef placed him in the kitchens of several 5-star restaurants in New York and Washington, DC. Chef Spence co-owned and operated a fine dining restaurant on the East side of New York City until he decided to pursue his passion for selling upscale street food in his food truck, "Fork in the Road NYC."

Chef Spence returned to the DC metro area, where he has worked as a private chef for Sheila Johnson, Owner of BET, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and other notable clients. He currently owns and operates Sunsplash Catering, where he offers his clients an upscale dining experience in every bite.

His latest food operation, The Shell Shack Seafood in the DC metro area, continues the tradition of dining excellence; it infuses his Caribbean roots with his passion for preparing tasty cuisines. Chef Spence's commitment to customers is that the experience The Shell Shack Seafood lifestyle, where they Eat.Chill.Repeat.

Our Philosophy

At The Shell Shack, we believe that good food should not only be economically accessible but also enjoyable, taste-filled, and exciting to the palate. We take pride in the fact that our food is prepared from simple, whole-food based ingredients and seasonings.

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Our Mission

The Shell Shack endeavors to bring the perfect marriage of the treasures of the sea with the magic of Caribbean flavor. Come forget your cares over a delicious meal because we mean it when we say we want you to Eat.Chill.Repeat!