Redemption Journals: Chef Spike Mendelsohn

Chef Spike Mendelsohn was the fourth rival chef eliminated on Food Network's The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. Flip through his personal scrapbook photo journal to relive the most-memorable moments from his time on the show.

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Spike Mendelsohn

Chef Spike Mendelsohn, owner of We, The Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery, was the fourth rival eliminated from The Next Iron Chef: Redemption after a controversial battle against friend and fellow competitor Chef Marcel Vigneron.

Chef Spike Says

Each rival chef was given a journal to fill with notes, recipes and ideas during the competition. Chef Mendelsohn filled his with reactions to the challenges, ingredient lists and go-to recipes.

Redemption Scallops

Chef Spike wasn't thrilled to find a cooler of scallops waiting for him on the beach in the first challenge of Resourcefulness. "Oh nooooo. That sucks," he penned. This would be his final chance to redeem himself with this fateful ingredient after it sent him home from last year’s Super Chefs competition.

Back Again

Like he did in last season's premiere episode, Chef Mendelsohn faced a head-to-head battle in the first Secret Ingredient Showdown. This time he was competing against barbecue master Chef Tim Love in Battle Pineapple, the Kitchen Stadium "Death Fruit," according to Alton.

Down With "Death Fruit"

The judges appreciated the flavor and texture of Chef Mendelsohn's sweet-and-savory fish, and he ultimately triumphed over Chef Love — and pineapple — to advance to week two.

Tacos, Re-Imagined

In the Chairman's Challenge of Innovation, Chef Mendelsohn joined Chefs Estes and Guarnaschelli on Team Taco in an effort to rethink and dress up this classic Mexican comfort food.

Presentation vs. Taste

Although Simon criticized Chef Spike's use of the melon baller to scoop out avocado spheres, what Donatella called his "perfectly seasoned" fish taco was enough to keep him in the competition for another week.

Recipe Book

Chef Mendelsohn kept a running list of handwritten recipes in his journal for easy access should he need them during a battle.

Pictured Personality

Photographer Todd Selby was on hand before the Chairman's Challenge of Simplicity to snap pictures of Chef Spike as he worked pizza dough and turned it into a saucy pie. Fellow rival Chef Mehta had to represent Chef Spike on a plate using the image as inspiration.

Heating Up

A minor alcohol-induced flare-up didn't faze Chef Mendelsohn as he worked to reflect Chef Mehta’s personality based on a photo of him in the spice shop.

Outcooking the Competition

Thanks to bacon-wrapped shrimp that Iron Chef Zakarian said was "cooked perfectly," Chef Mendelsohn bested his picture partner, Chef Mehta, and avoided a second trip to the Secret Ingredient Showdown.

Can He Do It?

In the Chairman's Challenge of Transformation, Chef Mendelsohn tried to take canned Vienna sausage to the next level, but his efforts proved disappointing with a fragmented crepe that Iron Chef Zakarian said would perhaps be better suited as an omelet, and he was ultimately sent to the Secret Ingredient Showdown.

Battle of Best Friends

In what would be his final cook-off, Chef Mendelsohn went head-to-head with longtime friend and culinary sidekick Chef Vigneron in Battle Lobster. "I'm here fighting for my life," Chef Spike explained, "but Marcel happens to be one of my great friends, so we both want to be in this together."

Two-in-One

Chefs Spike and Marcel pushed the limits of Next Iron Chef and tested the Chairman and judges when they decided to present their lobster offerings, a hot soup and chilled salad, respectively, together on the same plate at the same time. "I felt we got played here," Iron Chef Zakarian said, and Simon added, "This kind of silliness doesn't show that kind of Iron Chef behavior."

Chef Spike Says Farewell

Although they plated together, Chefs Spike and Marcel were ultimately judged individually instead of as a single unit. In the end, Chef Spike couldn’t best his best friend, and Alton told him, "You will not be The Next Iron Chef." Chef Mendelsohn left the competition with his head held high, explaining, "I may not be The Next Iron Chef, but I've still earned redemption."

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