Lakshmi A Fire Hazard In The Kitchen

Top Chef Hostess
Padma Lakshmi

This season’s Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi might look hot (hello navel-bearing spandex tops) but apparently, that’s about it.

“Nothing she said really made a difference in my cooking,” says Sam Talbot, former executive chef at Manhattan’s Punch.

According to New York Magazine, Lakshmi, author of the cookbook Easy Exotic, is eager to step out of her husband Salman Rusdhie’s shadow. Says Talbot: “She never wanted to talk about him. I remember a time she got a phone call and she yelled, ‘You can ask me any question you want, but don’t bring up my husband!’”

“Some of the things she wore, I wouldn’t suggest anyone wear around a working kitchen,” adds contestant Cliff Crooks, executive chef at Salute!“Either she’d be a fire hazard or she’d get hurt.”

Harsh, much?

You can catch Top Chef on Bravo TV Wednesday nights (and check out Padma’s Top Chef blog here).

January 16, 2007
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