Sean Mendes was born on the Island of Guam, to parents who were both serving in the United States Air Force. His Portuguese father from Rhode Island, and African American mother from South Carolina, exposed him at an early age to a family love of food and culture. Sean began Roadside Seafood, a southern seafood inspired food truck, in the fall of 2012. With it’s success, he was able to roll right into a brick and mortar. His food has earned him recognition by food critics from the Post & Courier, Charleston Magazine, and Charleston City Paper. He has also appeared on The Cooking Channel’s “Junk Food Flip” and “Beach Bites,” as well as “Local Flavor” on foodnetwork.com. In 2016, Mendes opened Blues Cajun Kitchen, a seafood and burger joint that is quickly making a name for itself.
Sean is honored to be chosen by the Governor of South Carolina as a 2017 Chef Ambassador. His goal through this program is to promote Lowcountry cuisine and the great agriculture of South Carolina.