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Spike Mendelsohn Tier-Gate Media Frenzy Roundup

Photo courtesy Spike Mendelsohn

There's been no shortage of media coverage this week of Spike Mendelsohn's controversial People's District interview in which he said, "It is nice to be in a second-tier city where you can be a big fish in a small pond." There was, of course, plenty of pitchfork-mobbing, but also some big fish (like James Beard winner José Andrés) standing up for the chef. We've collected some of the reactions from both sides below.

· Take 1, Take 2, Take 3 [@ChefJoseAndres]
· Cava chef/owner Dimitri Moshovitis [@ChefDcava]
· In Defense Of Spike Mendelsohn [WaPo]
· Spike Mendelsohn: DC Is A "Second-Tier City" [DCist]
· Get Over Yourself, Mr. Mendelsohn [THIH]
· A Third-Rate "Chef" On a Second-Tier City [Don Rockwell]
· Spike Mendelsohn: DC Sometimes Second Tier [Washington Examiner]
· Spike Mendelsohn's Huge Gaffe [Foodista]