Mandel has been cooking for more than half his life. The 31 year old got his start at Glutton's under Makoto Ono. In 2010 he paired up with Cyrus Smith and brought the term "pop-up" to Winnipeg, hosting "secret dinners" to help explore their skills and ideas. in 2011, Mandel opened deer + almond, giving him a stage to bring different concepts to Winnipeg food lovers.
Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2013.