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In response to my item yesterday speculating on the speculation that Zaytinya chef Mike Isabella might be a participant on next season’s Top Chef, the toque’s boss, José Andrés e-mailed me from the road. His note carried no subject line.

It didn’t seem like a good omen. After all, I suggested Andrés might lose Isabella if the toque gets afflicted with that Top Chef virus, in which all the “cheftestants” walk away feeling like they should open their own restaurant.

I opened the e-mail hesitantly. It said:

Thank you for doing “human resources prediction” for me. Is a good job for you!……First time ever…ho ho ho…

Jose Andres on the road

I replied to Andrés, suggesting he might have better things to do than read my blog. I was joking, of course.