Oh dear, oh dear! We’re at the bitter end of a Top Chef season that has already been dogged by assaults, allegations of conspiracy, and general bad behavior, and now it would appear that Food & Wine is the next one to make damn sure that the second season of Top Chef will live in infamy.

Some sort of glitch—carelessness? subconscious desire to screw the viewers out of the incredibly dubious pleasure of watching the final episode of the season?—caused an article revealing the winner of the show to be posted on Food & Wine’s website.

Of course, when you go to the link now, you get a 404 error. However, it was too little, too late for spoiler seekers and probably a few innocent bystanders. It’s not totally clear how long the premature piece was allowed to languish in full glory on Food & Wine’s site—anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours—but after the link was posted at Television Without Pity, the piece was yanked swiftly. It would be remiss of me not to remind you (or tell you for the first time) that Gail Simmons, one of the Top Chef judges, holds a position at Food & Wine.

Since it was already gone by the time I made my usual rounds on those discussion boards, helpful TWoPpers emailed me the full story and, yeah, Food & Wine made a boo-boo.

Of course, since I have no desire to drag you wonderful people out there in the dark down the destructive path to Spoilerdom, I am not going to tell you what the piece said. However, Eater will. Click through at your own risk.

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