Reality TV show: Top Chef (2008)

The fedora-loving cheftestant didn't make off with the Top Chef title (due to a little incident that viewers love to refer to as "scallopgate"), but that certainly hasn't kept Mendelsohn from doing big things in the wake of the show. Rather than opting to revolve post-Bravo life around some stiff $500 a head joint, he set up shop in DC to open one of the city's most beloved burger spots (and rumored Obama haunt), Good Stuff Eatery, followed by an equally savory neighbor, We, The Pizza.