‘Top Chef’ Spike Leaves Mai House

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Spike Mendelsohn: no longer at Mai House.Photo: Josh Ozersky

Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn has left Mai House, but don’t assume his departure is related to winning a reality show of some sort. According to Eater, Mendelsohn got the mitten after publicly stating that he would soon concentrate on his new D.C. burger restaurant. Eater also reported that Top Chef's Lisa "The Gorgon" Fernandes would replace Mendelsohn on the line, but Mai House owner Drew Nieporent denied that notion: “Lisa's not the chef. She and Spike are just friends from the show.”

BREAKING Exclusive: Top Chef Spike Out, Top Chef Lisa In at Mai House [Eater]