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Does Top Chef need a new host?

In reading some comments from another post, I started thinking.... nobody really likes Padma on Top Chef, do they? To me she has never seemed like she is enjoying herself. She comes across as a little impatient with Tom and the other judges, and seems to serve no function other than being pretty.

I've also read many articles on line (who knows how much of this is true) that describe her as difficult on the set, unable to speak without being prompted by the producers, demanding and nasty. Since she seems to be merely slogging through it for the paycheck, why can't they find someone with an actual passion for food?

Any ideas?

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  1. I think Padma fits well.. But bobblehead Kelly Choi on Masters has to go.. She is just awful and has no purpose.. She doesn't even judge the food..

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      1. re: SDGourmand

        Agreed - I'll take Padma over Katie Lee (formerly Joel) any day. Now THERE was a wooden doll who talked. Barely.

        And Kelly Choi, while she's not judging any food (although she did do a grilled cheese judging) at least has a smidge of animation in her voice. But her head's always going to be too big for her body...making her bobbleheadedness all the more noticeable. :-)

        1. re: LindaWhit

          I also agree, I'll take Padma any day of the week. Bravo doesn't have the best track record picking TC hosts, Katie Lee and Kelly Choi I'm looking at you, so if they replaced Padma I don't have confidence in their next choice. Plus, I have no problem on how Padma judges the cheftestants.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            I have a friend who says that most tv/movie actors have heads that are proportionally larger for their bodies... it is a trait that is very camera-friendly.

          2. re: SDGourmand

            Agree completely. I've read that Kelly has a solid foodie/journo background, but it doesn't show a bit--one does not get the impression that she was hired for knowledge and talent.

            Psst to Bravo: we'll watch guy hosts (generic guy, not Guy), too.

            1. re: SDGourmand

              I think Kelly is a lot more gracious than Padma. I love how she gave her cookbook as a prize last year and she said, "I've personally tried each one of these recipes." Well, I certainly hope so. It irks me that Padma talks like she is an actual "judge." Does she get a vote b/c I didn't think so. Also, her recipes suck, but she acts like she is a top toque. Ugh.

              I want Fabio the Italian guy to host the show. He's actually funny and qualified.

              1. re: jindomommy

                she is an actual judge.she does get a vote.

            2. I don't like any of them.

              1. I think Padma is too tall for Tom.

                That said, there are certainly worse alternatives ... like Rachel Ray, or Giada, or Paula Deen.

                1. I actually think it's silly and outdated to hire models as hosts - especially for a show that's supposed to be about eating. I'd be happy to see Padma go and be replaced by someone who's not there just to be "pretty."

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                  1. re: mojoeater

                    However, she's not *just* a model. She's had published several cookbooks, has acted. Yes, perhaps not to everyone's liking in the cooking realm, but she isn't completely non-involved in the food world.

                    1. re: mojoeater

                      And by comparison - I think both Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks are much better hosts of their respective shows - there's no question that they are more than just pretty faces, despite both being models. To me, Heidi and Tyra both provide a lot of personality as well as substantive feedback to their contestants - which I don't think is true of Padma.

                      1. re: aching

                        This is EXACTLY my point. Personality is what a host should be about, and Padma comes across as either flat or rude. She does not engage, nor does she ever have constructive criticism. But someone like Heidi Klum is not only good looking but also funny, engaging and knowledgeable.

                        1. re: mojoeater

                          Yep, I totally agree. You couldn't have Project Runway without Heidi, but I personally think they could ax Padma - and not replace her with anyone - and TC would actually be better. Tom and judges like Eric Ripert are who give the show its personality.

                    2. I don't have any problem with her. I don't find her flat, as many seem to, and she seems to know food.

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                      1. re: debbiel

                        I think Padma's just fine - in comparison to Katie Lee, she practically leaps off the screen with personality. She clearly enjoys food, has published a cookbook, and contributes to judging conversations. She's more than just "pretty", please.
                        ETA: Comment not directed at you, debbiel, I pressed the wrong button.