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

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In the best twist in the history of Top Chef, and one the producers didn't write themselves, reliable sources confirm that Top Chef 4's Spike Mendelsohn has been fired at Mai House. His replacement is—this dramatic pause brought to you by GE Monogram appliances—Top Chef 4's Lisa Fernandes. Indeed, Drew Nieporent has replaced one Top Cheffer with another, while both are still in the running to win. (Although this is a foreboding development, indeed.) And the New York restaurant scene just got a little more ridiculous. Colors our source: "Drew told Spike please pack your knives and go to DC to grill hamburgers." NB: last week Spike noted at the Taste of the Nation event that he would have to start devoting time to his burger shop soon and that his next restaurant would be "Casa Mono-esque". Update: Says Drew Nieporent, who is not affiliated with Bun, "Lisa's not the chef. She and Spike are just friends from the show." Uh huh. Maybe she'll stop by and help out.
· EaterWire: Spike Leaving Mai House? [~E~]
· Hangover Observations: Taste of the Nation [~E~]

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