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Spike Mendelsohn prepares vegetarian summer rolls for a Washington Post "Chef on Call" feature in September. (Michael Temchine for The Washington Post)


Tenant: Spike Mendelsohn

Alleged debt: $8,700

Details: The "Top Chef" star and business partner Mike Colletti signed a lease on a Capitol Hill rowhouse last spring, shortly before opening their popular Good Stuff Eatery. After the property fell behind on $2,200-a-month payments, their landlords filed a complaint, according to D.C. Superior Court records -- and finally last week, moved to evict them. Turned out Mendelsohn no longer lived there. Washington City Paper reports that the chef-entrepreneur moved in with his girlfriend last summer and handed off the rowhouse lease to one of his cooks, who apparently dropped the ball on paying rent -- but the landlords say Mendelsohn never alerted them to his move.

By The Reliable Source  |  May 27, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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I read about this before. What is not revealed here is that the owner is serving in the military overseas and is expecting his first child. What most people who have served in the millitary know is how difficult it can be to handle your affiairs stateside when you are overseas. You always have to beware of someone taking advantage of the situation which is exactly what happened here. Spike Mendolson-"The Celebrity Chef" owes this service member over 8k and has simply ignored his responsibility. Some people do not deserve their 15 minutes of fame and he should never be allowed at the White House again.

Posted by: Anthony15 | May 27, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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