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Mar 11, 2008 11:00 AM

For all the Top Chef fans out there ...

Thought some of you might find this lengthy interview of Tom and Padma interesting.


I've noticed that Padma cuts off Tom a lot. And she really seems to be into Eric Ripert. I'm counting the days until the start of the season.

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  1. Thanks for the link.

    Most entertaining piece of the article:

    "Are they doing the same thing this year, though, where they’re, you know, kind of swapping back and forth?

    Padma Lakshmi: We don’t know yet. We haven’t shot the finale.

    Tom Colicchio: We haven’t shot the finale. We don’t know. I don’t even remember, to tell you the truth. I think the world of both of them. I just - I like it when Gail is on my left and Padma is on my right. It’s a nice little sandwich I have going there."

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    1. re: azhotdish

      LOL! And I was a bit floored at this self-congratulatory comment from Padma:

      "But, you know, people often ask me like what is the secret to the success of this show?

      And I say well there are many secrets. But I said one of the secrets to the success of the show is my digestive tract because, you know, everything goes through my pipes."

      1. re: LindaWhit

        Padma is very confident about food and that's what she needs to project in her role on the show. Maybe she can share some of that with the ornamental "Chairman" of Iron Chef America.

        1. re: Minger

          I don't disagree with you Minger re: Padma's confidence about food. However, her statement could be read as *her* tastebuds are a major reason for the success of the show when there are others who do the tasting as well, both visually in the plating and "alimentarily", through their own digestive tracts. Her implication is that she alone is a major factor.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            I take Padma's remark in a more generous light. While assertive, she's also respectful and subtly deferential to Tom Colicchio throughout. I understood her remark as cocky banter of the form "the-world-revolves-around-me (when it clearly doesn't)" and also as a indication of how much food they have to sample and variable quality of it.

    2. Woohoo, one more day! Crossing my fingers it's good this season. I hope they cut back on the product placement. When you watch the reruns, it's so much more evident and annoying.

      1. For those who watch Top Chef and also read Buford's Heat, this is Memo:

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        1. re: Megiac

          Very interesting, thanks. Loved "Heat" and love Top Chef.

          1. re: Megiac

            Wow, that's so cool megiac! May I ask where you heard that bit of insight?

            1. re: azhotdish

              I am not an insider or anything. It was in this article on MSNBC:

              1. re: Megiac

                Interesting article on the pedigrees, Megiac. There's also a link for "Where Are They Now?"


                Looks like Tiffani will be opening a place in San Francisco later this year...and Ilan is moving to L.A. to open a tapas truck? And Dale's going to opening a place with CJ and Sarah!

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Am I the only one that thinks Dale is making a mistake opening a restaurant with CJ and Sarah? I think those 2 were 2 of the nicest cheftestants last season but I'm pretty sure neither has restaurant experience and it showed. I wish them luck but I fear for the success of the new endeavor.

          2. Looking forward to it!!!!!

            Let's hope they stay on track and don't repeat the pitfalls of 'infamous' season two.

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            1. re: Withnail42

              I love each season for different reasons, but re-watching some of the last few episodes of Season 1 reminded me of how excellent and raw that group was. The Napa episode with Shafer Hillside Select & Black Truffles is probably my favorite single episode in the show's history. Seeing that crowd in one place at one time was fantastic.

              Looking forward to Chicago!

              R. Jason Coulston

            2. Perhaps it's just me but there always seems to be an abundance of faux-hawks on this show.

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              1. re: Withnail42

                Make sure you read Ted Allen's blog on episode 1 ;-)