Thursday, December 23, 2010

ATC Love to Chef Spike Mendelsohn

Team challenges are always the dodgy obstacles of early elimination rounds, and even the best chefs can be tripped up by the group dynamic. That appears to have been the problem for Spike Mendelsohn, whose tomato tamarind soup, olive oil poached shrimp, pineapple, tomatoes, and dill was judged to be the worst dish of the Elimination Challenge. The downfall of the dish could have been the overcooked shrimp, which was clearly on Spike, or it could have been the components added by his teammates at the last second before serving. Either way, Spike had to take responsibility for the dish and its shortcomings.

Each elimination in this All-Star competition seems particularly sad since we are seeing many of the brightest stars from the previous seven seasons. It's difficult to see any of them go, but go they must, so we bid a regretful farewell to Spike. Of course, with a successful restaurant business and a cookbook in the bookstores, we certainly have not heard the last from this talented chef.

This post is only for positive comments about Chef Spike. If you  have anything negative to say about him or his competition, please do so here.


Anonymous said...

It was a pleasure see how Spike's success in the 'real world' has translated into graciousness, responsibility, and maturity. I definitely plan to give my respect to him by visiting Good Stuff and We The Pizza next time my family and I are in DC. ellen

MoHub said...

I think Spike created a TV character for himself in season 4 that belied the serious chef and restauranteur he actually is. I believe he approached the All Stars as an opportunity to show he was the real deal.

OLOGY said...

I wish Spike was still on the show, he was one of my favs. Too bad Angelo screwed up his dish. Angelo needs to keep his hands to himself. He's ALWAYS meddling in other people's dishes. Anyways, let's hope Jamie gets the boot next. Her time is NOW!!!