Top Chef News


Home > Television > T > Top Chef > News


Top_Chef news RSS feedSubscribe to Top Chef RSS news feed!

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi Shows Her Sexy Curves In An Orange Bikini

December 8th, 2013 4:30pm EST
Padma Lakshmi
'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi showed off her sexy curves on Miami Beach on Sunday, looking supe-sexy in an orange two-piece swimsuit.

The 43-year-old flaunted her hot figure while walking on the beach in a purple sarong before hitting the surf to cool off.

Padma is in Miami for this year's annual Art Basel, a series of contemporary and modern art shows.
READ MORE

Padma Lakshmi Wears See-Through Lingerie For Playboy, Talks Nude Modeling Past

November 18th, 2012 6:01pm EST
Padma Lakshmi
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi steams up the pages of Playboy in a few non-nude photos to accompany her 20 Q feature in the December issue of the magazine.

The sexy Indian talks about food, men and posing nude in the issue. She also reveals a few of the secrets behind her hit Bravo show, like how dhe's not allowed to talk with any of the contestants unless the camera is rolling. So when Playboy asks if any of the aspiring chefs on the show ever hit on her, she kind of wishes they did.

"Well, you know, everyone has a little crush on their fourth-grade teacher. It fades, she says. "But because...
READ MORE

C.J.'s Awesome Return to 'Top Chef' and the Not Awesome Cancellation of 'Last Resort'

November 18th, 2012 2:00pm EST
Top Chef
Brittany's Blog: This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this week, I discuss the welcome return of a favorite to Bravo's Top Chef and on the opposite end of the spectrum, the disappointing decision by ABC to axe its compelling drama series Last Resort.

Viewers of Top Chef: Seattle were surprised on Wednesday when host Padma Lakshmi announced that three former competitors - CJ Jacobsen, Josie Smith-Malave and Stefan Richter - would be joining the current crop of hopefuls. Me? I haven't been this excited about Top Chef since...well, CJ was on Top Chef: Miami seven season...
READ MORE

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi's Fall Entertaining Tips (sponsored)

October 6th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Top Chef
As we start the fall season, Top Chef host and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi visited to share her tips for your next fall party, including a new cappucino recipe that you can enjoy at home and what you should look for when putting together the menu.

Padma (pictured above center during the finale of Top Chef: Texas) also talked about how her experience in the culinary world influences her when she's dining out, what her favorite restaurants are, and if she'll be writing a third cookbook. Her most recent, Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet, was released in 2007.

Check out the video interview with P...
READ MORE

Q&A: Tim Love's Tips For Summer Cooking (Video)

June 22nd, 2012 7:00am EDT
Tim Love
Celebrity chef Tim Love recently visited Starpulse again - this time with some tips and recipes to make your summer cooking fantastic.

Speaking to me from the notable Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Chef Love - a participant on Top Chef Masters and guest judge on Top Chef Texas - shared his recommendations for summer as well as a few favorite places to eat for our Los Angeles readers.

In March, Chef Love shared his advice for chicken recipes during the Hellman's Chicken Change-Up.

Here's the video:

For more from Brittany Frederick, visit my Starpulse writer page and ...
READ MORE

Q&A: 'Top Chef Masters' Tim Love Changes Up Chicken (Video)

March 15th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Tim Love
Top Chef Masters alum Tim Love has partnered with Hellman's to extol the virtues of chicken in a new campaign.

The "Hellman's Chicken Change-Up" is meant to address the challenge of preparing dinner for your family, inspiring you to mix up the routine with easy-to-make chicken recipes.

I recently sat down with Tim, who appeared on the first season of Top Chef Masters and has also been seen on the Food Network, to ask him about not only his favorite chicken recipes, but his suggestions for busy aspiring cooks like myself, and whether or not the phrase "tastes like chicken" really has any...
READ MORE

Q&A: 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' Head Judge Johnny Iuzzini

February 15th, 2012 11:00am EST
Top Chef
Top Chef: Just Desserts head judge Johnny Iuzzini recently dropped by to talk shop - and share some of his favorite culinary hotspots.

The 2006 James Beard Foundation "Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year," he's partnered with Electrolux to raise awareness about induction cooking, which is the direct heating of a cooking pot rather than the standard heat transfer from a stove. It's faster and more energy efficient than standard stove-top cooking, and allows the aspiring chef to better control temperature throughout the cooking process. For some induction-friendly recipes, check out Electr...
READ MORE

Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live': Best Party on Late-Night

January 19th, 2012 1:30pm EST
sarah jessica parker, andy cohen
The Bravo network is making a power move for the late-night crowd by expanding its live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live,” from two to five nights a week.

Hosted by Andy Cohen, Bravo’s Executive Vice-President of Original Development and Programming, WWHL mixes real celebrities, the network's own stars (like the bombastic NeNe Leaks) with pop culture-themed games and a lot of alcohol, creating an intoxicating cocktail of entertainment.

Airing at 11 p.m. EST, the show is timely follow-up to Bravo’s original programming. Earlier this week, Housewife Kyle Richards and her hott...
READ MORE

Padma Lakshmi's 71-Year-Old Boyfriend Dies Of Cancer

November 21st, 2011 8:55am EST
Padma Lakshmi
TV star Padma Lakshmi is in mourning after the death of her longtime partner and business financier Theodore Forstmann.

Forstmann, who had been dating the "Top Chef" host over the last several years, passed away on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 71.

Forstmann founded the investment firm Forstmann & Little Co. in 1978, and the organization went on to acquire a number of different companies, including beverage group Dr. Pepper and sports agency IMG.

The billionaire, who was also briefly linked to the late Princess Diana during the late 1990s, vowed to give half his net wor...
READ MORE

Early 2011 Emmy Predictions: Here's Who Will Win

August 20th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Mad Men
It may be a little early to predict the Emmy winners, but unlike the Oscars, not much changes in the Emmy Awards season once the nominations are out.

The Emmys can be very tough to predict, but we'll take our best shot. Here's who we think will go home with the gold on Sept. 18th. Do you agree?

Outstanding Drama Series
'Boardwalk Empire'
'Dexter'
'Friday Night Lights'
'Game of Thrones'
'The Good Wife'
'Mad Men'

After yet another outstanding season, it looks like 'Mad Men' may make it four in a row. Its only real competition is 'Boardwalk Empire,' which took the Golden Globe, and...
READ MORE

ABC Cancels 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'

April 14th, 2011 3:24pm EDT
Susan Lucci, Jill Larson | Photo Credits: Rick Rowell/ABC/Getty
The reports are true: ABC has canceled All My Children and One Life to Live. Children will be abandoned in September, while One Life will die in January 2012. Both soaps are being replaced by health-related talk shows...

Read More >

Other Links From TVGuide.com

American IdolProject RunwayAll My ChildrenOne Life to LiveWhat Not to WearClinton KellyMario BataliMichael SymonTim GunnTop ChefPaula's Home CookingDown Home With the NeelysCarla Hall
READ MORE

NBC To Launch Fashion Design Series With Host Elle Macpherson

April 4th, 2011 11:14am EDT
Elle MacPherson | Photo Credits: Fred Duval/FilmMagic.com
NBC will launch its search for the next big designer with a new reality competition series, Fashion Star.

Catch up on more of today's news

Fashion Star will feature 12 unknown designers, who will be put through a variety of business and design challenges each week. Notable fashion designers and buyers from big retailers will serve as judges and will also bid against each other to purchase the work from the contestants. When each episode concludes, viewers can purchase the winning designs showcased that night.

Super model Elle Macpherson will host.

Read More >

Other Links From ...
READ MORE

Padma Lakshmi in a Bikini! Top Chef Hits the Bahamas for All-Stars Finale

February 9th, 2011 11:34am EST
Padma Lakshmi | Photo Credits: Barbara Nitke/Bravo
Snow may have blanketed the country this winter, but the sight of Padma Lakshmi in a bikini could be hot enough to melt even the thickest ice. TV Guide Magazine reports exclusively that the Top Chef host recently traded bone-chilling Manhattan for the balmy Bahamas to film the four-part All-Stars finale, which Bravo will begin airing in March.

Want more Top Chef dish? Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine.

Fellow judge Gail Simmons' first reaction upon hearing of the sun-soaked locale: "Thank God! I was like, 'It's perfect—whatever you want!'" Simmons joined Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and...
READ MORE

Padma Lakshmi Faces Custody Battle

January 26th, 2011 10:26am EST
Padma Lakshmi
Model-turned-TV host Padma Lakshmi is facing a custody challenge from the reported father of her child.

Venture capitalist Adam Dell, whose brother is computer magnate Michael Dell, filed papers in a New York court on Tuesday demanding visitation rights to see Lakshmi's 11-month-old daughter, Krishna Thea.

According to TMZ.com, Dell is currently allowed to see the tot nine days a month as part of an unofficial deal in place until February 20th when the little girl turns 12 months old.

The Indian-born model and actress, who has never confirmed the child's paternity, is said to have att...
READ MORE

The Top Reality TV Moments Of 2010

December 22nd, 2010 4:00pm EST
Amazing Race Watermelon
Unscripted TV has yet again given us some of the most talked-about moments this year. Here are the Top Reality TV Moments of 2010:

Boom, Headshot! It seemed like a relatively harmless Amazing Race challenge at the time: launch watermelons with a giant slingshot and try to hit stationary targets. Unfortunately for Claire Champlin of the Home Shopping Network team, she inadvertently made herself one of the targets. A watermelon to the noggin is never a good thing.

Just Dance! Kate Gosselin wanted to make a statement on Dancing with the Stars. Unfortunately for her, the...
READ MORE

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi In A Flowing Blue Dress - Hot Or Not?

September 4th, 2010 12:27pm EDT
Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi arrived at HBO's Post Award Reception for the Emmy Awards wearing a flowing dark blue dress with an unusual Native American-inspired necklace.

Padma's Bravo series "Top Chef" won the award for Outstanding Reality Series, beating the "Amazing Race," which has won the category seven times in a row.

At the ceremony, Padma smacked "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan, but it was all in good fun. She joked, "I was really, really mean to the host on the red carpet. I think I hit him twice with my purse!"

More: Celeb Photo Features | Fashion Photo Features

Click for more...
READ MORE

Mega-Emmy Diary 2010

August 30th, 2010 8:00am EDT
2010 Emmys
It's Emmy time again, kids. And you know what that means: Mega Emmy Diary time.

Now this is something of special ceremony in my estimation as it is so chock full of new nominees (four alone in each comedic supporting category!) that we're likely to see some surprises and some truly touched performers break through.

So, without further ado, let's see what Jimmy Fallon can do...

5:00 – We start with a backstage shot – one of my favorite things about the Emmys has always been when the person directing the show wins and we get a look at the show being put together as it happens. So, needless...
READ MORE

Cute Pic Of The Day: Padma Lakshmi Boards A Helicopter With Baby Krishna

July 12th, 2010 12:17pm EDT
Padma Lakshmi
We had to counter our grossest pic of the day with the cutest pic. "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi and her four-month-old daughter Krishna boarded a chopper at a downtown heliport in New York City over the weekend. We're glad to see she's protecting her baby's ears!

The Indian-born model, actress and TV chef, who divorced Salman Rushdie in 2007, has never revealed the identity of her baby's father.

Padma branded the pregnancy a "medical miracle" after years of struggling with endometriosis, in which the lining of the uterus grows in other areas of the body.

See more photos of Padma here!
READ MORE

Padma Lakshmi's Short Pink Dress - Hot Or Not?

July 10th, 2010 7:55pm EDT
Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi looked sweet at the "2012: Time For Change" special New York City screening on Thursday. The "Top Chef" host showed off voluptuous figure in a short pink dress with a white ribbon around her waist.

David Spade is laughing off rumors he's dating new mom Padma after the pair was spotted enjoying a dinner date. He insists they are just friends. He says, "I met her last year. She was just in town so I was like, 'Let's have dinner.'"

The Indian-born model, actress and TV chef, who divorced Salman Rushdie in 2007, has never revealed the identity of her baby's father.

(click...
READ MORE

Hottest Summer Reality Shows

June 28th, 2010 9:17am EDT
Top Chef
The first step is admitting you have a problem - a television addiction problem. It's the summer and whether you're on school break or have a full-time job you should be taking advantage of the weather and enjoying the beach. Yet day after day and night after night you find yourself parked on the couch switching back and forth between watching Jillian Michaels kick someone's butt into shape and those damn guidos on Jersey Shore.

We all have our guilty pleasures in life, some may chose gossip magazines and some prefer a pint a Ben and Jerry's ice cream. We'd rather sit back and indulge in a...
READ MORE

Padma Lakshmi: 'I've Eaten A Lot Of Testicles'

June 17th, 2010 11:52am EDT
Padma Lakshmi
Celebrity chef-turned-TV personality Padma Lakshmi isn't afraid to try odd food.

She explained, "I've eaten a lot of testicles in my days...I've had bull's cojones...I'll try anything once."

The Bravo TV star was just spotted in Hollywood leaving a restaurant with David Spade, sparking rumors of a relationship.

Padma had a baby girl named Krishna in February. She has refused to name the father of her baby, but recent reports suggest he's venture capitalist and Columbia Business School teacher Michael Dell.

See more photos of Padma here!
READ MORE

'Survivor' With Paint: Bravo's Art Reality Show

June 10th, 2010 8:04am EDT
Sarah Jessica Parker
Following the popularity of "Top Chef" and "Project Runway," Bravo introduced "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" Wednesday night. And it's more erratic than a Pollack attached to a ceiling fan on high.

In the new reality show, 14 artists compete in weekly challenges, as art big wigs eliminate them one by one until only the "Next Great Artist" remains. The grand prize is a solo exhibition at the celebrated Brooklyn Museum, and a $100,000 cash prize.

For their first task, the artists were randomly paired off and were given 13 hours to produce a portrait of their partner.

But before t...
READ MORE

Top 5 TV To Watch: April 5-10, 2010

April 5th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Shear Genius
BRAVO is the channel to be on this week with two great premieres and a season finale, and it all starts with the return of a "Project Runway" favorite.

NCAA Basketball Championship Game - CBS - Monday, April 5

I don't know a lot about basketball, but I know that tonight is huge! Tonight, the Butler Bulldogs and the Blue Devils from Duke will fight for the title of number one college basketball team in the country. The game will air live on CBS starting at 9 p.m. EST.

"Christian Siriano: I'm Having a Moment" - BRAVO - Monday, April 5

BRAVO and its viewers will welcome, pr...
READ MORE

Padma Lakshmi Welcomes A Daughter

February 22nd, 2010 11:42am EST
Padma Lakshmi Welcomes A Daughter
Salman Rushdie's ex-wife Padma Lakshmi has given birth to a baby girl. The Indian-born TV chef, 39, announced in October she was expecting her first child, branding the pregnancy a "medical miracle" after years of struggling with endometriosis, in which the lining of the uterus grows in other areas of the body.

She was reportedly hospitalized after suffering complications last month, but a representative for the Top Chef star has confirmed she gave birth to a healthy baby girl in New York City on Saturday.

The tot has been named Krishna, according to UsWeekly.com.

Lakshmi, who d...
READ MORE

BBC America Shows You Should Be Watching

February 20th, 2010 9:12am EST
Gordon Ramsay
The idea of watching BBC America can be sort of daunting. You may be thinking, "Will we understand what they're saying? Isn't British humor weird? But I like the American Office better!" Never fear, there is plenty of BBCA programming which, given the chance, could soon become some of your new favorite (rather, favourite) shows. Here's a guide to a few to get started:

Top Gear

Currently in its 13th season, "Top Gear" is a tried and true favorite. Showcasing the world's greatest and fastest cars, the team (hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May) perform incredible stunts,...
READ MORE

37 Hottest Female Stars Of 2009

December 29th, 2009 9:09am EST
Hottest female stars of 2009
The women of Hollywood and music sizzled in 2009. There was no shortage of hot celebrity women on television, on the big screen, or in our playlists. But who were the hottest of them all? Check out our list of 37 of the hottest women of 2009, and tell us if you agree!

CHECK OUT THE 37 HOTTEST MALE STARS HERE!

Sienna Miller made us thankful for leather in G.I. Joe, and Emma Watson is growing up into a fine young woman. Zoe Saldana made Star Trek more sexy than geeky.

See more photos of Sienna Miller here!

Image © Paramount Pictures

See more photos of Emma Watson here!

I...
READ MORE

The Ten Greatest Of The Decade: TV Shows

December 14th, 2009 9:30am EST
Best TV Of The Decade
As the decade reaches its conclusion, you'll undoubtedly come across many lists. Lists that purport to tell you the best, the top, the cream of the decade as they relate to pop culture. You're also certain to come across many lists that claim to rank the "greatest" of the ten year period from 2000-2009. But what does that really mean?

"Greatest" should be something entirely different from what we usually associate with these lists. Mostly, these lists claim to rank the best - something that is only truly possible were a listmaker to, say, see every single movie in a given decade. If...
READ MORE

'Top Chef': Las Vegas Finale Part 2

December 10th, 2009 4:45pm EST
Top Chef
Last night's finale capped off the best season in "Top Chef" history, and Michael Voltaggio reassured the audience of something it knew all along: he was the best of the best.

In the end, it was Bryan - the elder Voltaggio - not Kevin Gillespie who ended up giving Michael a run for his money. The final challenge: the three chefs were tasked with cooking a four-course meal, with each course having its own requirement.

Course one, which was a last-minute addition to the menu, was a starter that needed to be inspired by the contestants' mothers (a meal they remember from childhood); the ...
READ MORE

'Top Chef' Las Vegas Power Rankings: Season Finale Part 1

December 3rd, 2009 1:56pm EST
TOP CHEF
How insane is season 6's competition level? Jennifer, the Chef de Cuisine at 10 Arts by Eric Ripert, failed to make it to the season finale.

An easy-to-spot frontrunner in any other season, Jennifer almost became an afterthought because she happened to be up against three other equally, if not more, talented chefs. The finalists - Kevin, Michael, and Bryan - are all capable of winning, but it will ultimately come down to the judges' taste. In other words, the judges will need to figure out who best embodies what it is to be "Top Chef."

An interesting parallel is the race for the Most ...
READ MORE

Padma Lakshmi Likes Herself Better Naked

November 30th, 2009 1:27pm EST
Padma Lakshmi
"I like me better naked. I don't mean that in a vain way. When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don't have any clothes on, it's just you, raw, and you can't hide." Pregnant model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi loves stripping off.

39-year-old Lakshmi is refusing the reveal the identity of the child's father and whether she underwent fertility treatment to help her conceive. The star has faced possible infertility for years after being diagnosed with Endometriosis, in which the lining of the uterus grows in othe...
READ MORE