The latest hot rumor from The New York Times dining desk is that Pete Wells, the paper's dining editor, is going to take over permanently for Sam Sifton. That's the word from Politico's Dylan Byers, who cites "several sources at The New York Times." Fortune reporter Dan Roberts tweeted, "seems like a strange story for Politico to break, but hey, they broke it." But of course, Byers is a former Adweek media reporter, freshly moved to D.C. for Politico, so it's a nice scoop for him, even if slightly outside the political-media nexus. Check out Wells's photo to the left, courtesy of a Times interview with him from 2007.
Update (11:40 a.m. EST): This rumor edges out the last round of speculation that fingered New Orleans Times-Picayune critic Brett Anderson as the likely contender. Back when that rumor was the rage, we spoke with somebody who had a bit of inside knowledge of the process, who told us that Anderson was, indeed, the favorite. Our source also pointed out that Times assistant managing editor Rick Berke did the hiring for the job, not Wells himself, which means if Wells really is getting it at least he's not appointing himself.