Deadline reports that Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is leaving the show after 17 years and 19 seasons! The news comes as a total shock to Top Chef-heads like myself, who assumed Padma would be cooly judging Quickfires while serving effortless FASHUN until her dying day. But at least fans can breathe a big sigh of relief that it wasn’t Tom Colicchio. I truly don’t know what we’d do if we lost sexy, sexy Tom.
Open Post: Hosted By Padma Lakshmi Saying She Eats 8,000 To 9,000 Calories A Day While Filming “Top Chef”
The other night, Padma Lakshmi went on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and she and Jimmy Kimmel got to talkin’ about her new Sports Illustrated photo shoot. Entertainment Tonight reports that Padma told Jimmy that she would’ve killed for the opportunity as a twenty-something model, but now, at age 52, the prospect of posing in a bikini totally freaked her out. Padma says she immediately thought, “I gotta go to the gym!” Fortunately, she was already hitting the gym hard cuz she was trying to work off the weight she’d gained while filming the latest season of Top Chef. Jimmy asked how many calories Padma eats while filming Top Chef, and she answered “8 or 9,000 calories a day. Easily!” Big whoop, I can eat 9,000 calories in one sitting (when I’m blackout drunk and feasting on Mcdonald’s).
On Friday, author/fatwa target Salman Rushdie was repeatedly stabbed by 24-year-old Hadi Matar, who rushed the stage right before Salman was about to give a talk at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The discussion was supposed to be about how the U.S. is a safe haven for exiled writers. Huh. Yesterday Salman’s son, Zafar Rushdie, told NBC News that, while his 75-year-old father “remains in critical condition,” he has been taken off the ventilator and was “able to say a few words.” After this positive update, People reports that Rushdie Ex-Wife #4, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, tweeted that she’s relieved her ex is “pulling through.”
Earlier this month, the Governor of Texas Greg Abbott signed the Texas Heartbeat Act, a ban on abortion after the six-week mark. The THA makes it possible for any regular person to snitch on and sue anyone performing or facilitating these illegal abortions. To put it mildly, it’s all kinds of fucked up. And so because of this some Hollywood productions have decided not to put money into the state and have refused to film there. This happened to Georgia in 2019 when the state banned most abortions after six weeks, and several productions pulled filming and moved to other states, with others saying they wouldn’t begin shooting in Georgia until that law was changed. Now it’s Texas’ turn for a little boycott, but not everyone is interested in moving elsewhere. Top Chef recently announced that their upcoming 19th season will be filmed in Houston, Texas. Naturally, some people really weren’t feeling that. But Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi piped up and explained that everyone should chill because what they’re doing at Top Chef is good, not bad.
Gene Weingarten is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist. On Friday, the Post published 69-year-old Gene’s attempt at comedy, a piece entitled, “You Can’t Make Me Eat These Foods,” in which Gene writes about the kinds of food he simply won’t eat (“this is a matter of mature, informed discrimination, not childish biases”). These foods include balsamic vinegar, sweet pickles, anchovies, and Indian food. Like, all of Indian food. Gene writes that Indian food is “the only ethnic cuisine in the world insanely based on one spice” (curry) and he doesn’t get it “as a culinary principle.” Gene received a ton of blowback, including accusations of racism. And Indian-born Padma Lakshmi, food author and host of my beloved Top Chef, was one of them. She tweeted, “On behalf of 1.3 billion people, kindly f**k off.” The 1.3 billion people added, “Yep, what she said!”
Padma Lakshmi has spent a lot of time on lockdown doing cooking segments on Instagram. Well, during a recent Instagram cooking session, people hated on her for reasons beyond, “Why are you using garlic when I can’t find that shit anywhere.” Some commentators on her page were outraged that she would go on her own Instagram page sans bra! They said, “There will be no nipples in Padma’s Lakshmi’s house!” Continue reading