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?