I’ve been sitting on this for days trying to decide what to do. I was trying to think if I would want someone to tell ME. Also I thought who am I to withhold really important information? (Don't worry, I will NOT reveal the name in this post, but I will give you the link.)
This is what happened. In an otherwise standard review of one of those pricey farm-to-table dinners that chefs and farms pair up on, the writer, who is unusually clueless and has no excuse for being an idiot, referred to the chef as “the winner of Top Chef”. It was rather disconcerting, because it was just dropped there with no fanfare, no spoiler alert, no nothing. I actually couldn’t believe what I was reading.
THEN I read the comments, where the readers blasted her (the author) for this amazing indiscretion. Various editors answered that it was just a misunderstanding and the author didn’t mean the OVERALL winner of Top Chef. She was simply referring to one of the dishes that had won in one particular episode. That’s great, except the sentence said,”Top Chef Winner...”
There followed all kinds of denials and rebuttals about how all these folks have NO idea who won Top Chef and the author has no idea and the sites that reprinted this article have no idea and so on. BUT that makes no sense. WHO would refer to anyone as the winner of the worm cooking challenge (for example) in episode number so and so? That’s kind of random and it just doesn’t ring true.
I think the author goofed big time and the organization from which this article sprang goofed and every site that reprinted it goofed.
All I can say is that IF this chef DOES in fact win Top Chef, these folks are really big jerks. IF this chef does NOT win Top Chef, the author is worse than a jerk. She is careless and inarticulate and a poor excuse for a reporter.
NOW the reference in the article has been changed from “winner” to “contestant”. That doesn’t convince me in the least that they haven’t divulged the winner.
Of course, it's fun to talk about who may win Top Chef. And idle speculation by folks is one thing, but a reporter writing in a reputable newspaper is another. I don’t think you should click on the article, but here it is, if you want to. IF you DO look at it, please don’t give away in your comments what it says. The secret (if, in fact, it really is one) is safe with me.