2023 Chefs

Elliot Spaisman

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Washington, DC

Saturday, May 12th at the Grand Tasting & Auction

The story behind Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is as whimsical as their unique roster of doughnuts and sandwiches.  Co-founders Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern grew up playing hockey together, and doughnuts were the reward of choice after games.  Halpern later went on to play professional hockey including a season with the Los Angeles Kings.  Spaisman, with a long-standing career in antiques, was always a lover of food, having worked at a gourmet food market throughout his high school and college years.  Inspired by a fond childhood memory, he and Halpern decided to offer a fun interpretation on two comfort food favorites.