Eater, Everyone Else Hot for Sam Talbot

Sam Talbot

Sam Talbot grinds with his pepper mill.Photo: Getty Images

Eater today announced a Win a Date With Sam Talbot, contest, posting some smokin photos of Hot Chef Sam Talbot taken for a charity event, the Glad Steamiest Chef Contest. (Grub Streets pal Aaron Sanchez is also one of the steamy nominees.) The Eater-sponsored date is not sanctioned by Talbot, but editor Ben Leventhal thinks he can convince Talbot to participate with a hot photo and the right cover letter. But is the whole exercise just an excuse for Leventhal to proclaim his man-crush on Talbot from the rooftops of the Internet?

Eaters commenters certainly think so: Ben, please stop trying to disguise your crush on Sam by hating on him. Im embarrassed for you. Its a little 3rd grade, don't you think? says one reader. Id enter to win the date, but I think Ben wants Sam all to himself, suggests another. We asked Leventhal for a response to these incendiary allegations of unrequited love, but he didnt answer our e-mail. Perhaps hes letting his own comment to the Talbot post stand alone: To think that once upon a time Eater didnt accept comments. What fun that was. Aileen Gallagher

Eater Contest: Win a Date With Sam Talbot* [Eater]
Glad Steamiest Chef Contest