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Has the Winner of Top Chef Masters Been Revealed?

UPDATE: This story has been updated to avoid any potential spoilers.

Top Chef Masters is only in week two, but there is already talk of the grand prize winner. Last week in her Yummy Letter newsletter, Grace Ann Walden, a longtime food journalist based in San Francisco, claims to announce the winner. To see what she had to say, warning possible spoiler alert,


In the newsletter Walden states:

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know who wins, close your eyes or shut off the computer! We got the word just before press time that Rick Bayless, owner of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, both in Chicago, and various Frontera Frescos in Macy’s around the country, is the winner.

Although Walden does not reveal her sources, in this week's newsletter, she accounts a conversation with Bravo's PR company. Apparently a representative from FerenComm, the firm that represents the show, asked why she would publish the winner? Walden's response: "Because I am in the news business and it is news." While Walden's claims could just be speculation, if Bravo has approached her there may be truth to them.

What do you think about the matter? Could Rick Bayless go all the way?


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lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Diver, the original title was, "Is Rick Bayless the winner of Top Chef Masters."
dupreeblue dupreeblue 8 years
Bad form Yumsugar. That's not at all how to handle a spoiler post. Whether you changed the format or not, the damage has been done to those that pick feeds up in an rss reader, where the original headline & picture still come in. Kudos on being the first to 'break' a story, pissing off your readers, and losing some of them. Yeesh.
wunami wunami 8 years
Sounds like a publicity stunt on the part of the journalist (who I've never heard of before now, so I guess it's sort of working).
spacebear spacebear 8 years
i would love for hubert keller to win, but would be excited if it were bayless too. i am loving top chef masters - its exciting to see wonderful chefs cook delicious looking food!
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 8 years
SO ANNOYING!!!! Why in the world would you post the picture??????????? Thanks for ruining it, I'm so mad at you Party
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
don't watch the show so I don't care.. but WOOHOO if he did win. Love him!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i agree with all the posters, this information shouldve been posted after the jump. that is really annoying. although im not following it with the passion that i would with regualr TC i was still following it
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I don't care if the claims could be speculation. I still think this is a major spoiler. The claims also could be true.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Hey guys, I don't know if Walden is right. In the story I write, "While Walden's claims could just be speculation," I don't know if it's true. I'm asking your opinion of it!
cjane413 cjane413 8 years
you're killing me- if Walden had the sense to issue a spoiler alert even if she went on to share the news, shouldn't you have done the same? Amber has a point- the show lacks the excitement of the original, but still a little heads up would've been nice.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
The show's not that exciting, so there's no spoiler for me. I will be watching though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Oops, Party, not Yum! I don't want to be angry with the wrong person.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Leslie, I'm with you. I typically get annoyed when people whine, but this really annoyed me. It's not as if if has already aired and I was waiting to watch it on my DVR or something; the show has aired ONCE. Yum, what's the point of putting "SPOILER ALERT" within the piece when you have, "Is Rick Bayless the Winner of Top Chef Masters?" as the title?
lammie10 lammie10 8 years
I don't appreciate that you posted this spoiler loud and clear. There are other ways to attract readers. Even if this is a rumor, I do not find this entry delightful. I am going to unsubscribe to your feed now.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I can't believe that top Chef would let this info get out. The producer and going to be in hot water!
limelindsey limelindsey 8 years
I heart Rick Bayless! His show is always so creative. But if he's really the winner, why would someone want to ruin it? I'll take it with a grain of salt.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm going to take this information with a grain of salt. often we get spoilers that aren't the truth - so we'll see. based on how the show is set up - it doesn't really keep you from watching.
grits grits 8 years
I agree with above spoiler alert here??? Maybe not everyone wanted to see that and there wasn't really a choice in the matter!
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