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Jun 25, 2013 07:24 AM

Top Chef's Padma says being stuck with the product placement is "crappy." She does know who pays her, right?

I feel so sorry for her now.
Says Padma: "With advertising for us, ... It's pretty straightforward. I'm the one on air who gets kind of most, I don't want to say saddled or slammed with the crappy part of it, but I feel like I do because ... I wind up saying the brand name in my intro to the challenge to these chefs." So the next time you're watching those cheftestapants use Reynolds wrap to cook food with Bombay Sapphire in Calphalon pans and store it in sealed Glad containers in their efforts to win a brand new Toyota Prius, you'll know it was hard to "make that shit sound natural."

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  1. Well it's kind of the elephant in the room of top chef. In a perfect world, she could be the host of a show of excess and also not be a shill. I liked her honesty.

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    1. re: catroast

      All she has to do is look pretty and deliver the lines off the prompter. A lot of people would love to have her "crappy" problem.

      1. re: Firegoat

        a lot of people haven't worked to get to the point to have that problem.

        look, 99 percent of the people on chowhound are better off than millions, if not billions. i don't think judging padma for a little workplace kvetching is helpful.

        1. re: linus

          It seems like a very first world problem to complain about. No one else in the video seemed nearly as pissy about it. The gal on the Top Chef Canada does such a better job... And didn't have to marry Rushdie

          1. re: Firegoat

            of course it's a first world problem to complain about. and there are dozens of first world problems complained about on chowhound every day. there are billions of first world problems complained about by employees in billions of jobs every day.
            i can't find fault in someone complaining about a dreary part of their job.

            i've not seen top chef canada. not sure how salman rushdie enters into it.

            seems to me if a viewer doesn't like the job padma does, they could always change the channel. or maybe go out and audition.

            1. re: linus

              You should take a look at it on youtube. The hostess is quite engaging.

              1. re: Firegoat

                perhaps i will. then again, i've never had a problem finding padma engaging.

                1. re: Firegoat

                  Plus, Top Chef Canada has a "Finish Clock!"

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    I'm glad it is Finnish. Who knows how well a Swedish Clock could keep time.

                    Okay... kidding all my Swedish friends....

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      And Top Chef Canada makes them shop at a grocery store owned by the head judge!!

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        Do they have Whole Paycheck there?

                2. re: linus

                  She was married to Salman Rushdie from 2004 - 2007.

                3. re: Firegoat

                  I would venture to say 99.9999999999999999% of the issues discussed on chowhound are first world problems, the one exception for me being that one post I saw a few weeks ago in which third world hunger problems were actually the topic. :P

                  BTW, generally speaking, I think it would be a better world if more of us felt like we could disagree with some of our employer's practices without fear of losing our livelihoods.

                  1. re: Firegoat

                    Lisa Rey is much worse than Padma

                    1. re: catroast

                      I really liked Lisa's style. She didn't seem like she was reading off a prompter and actually seemed to be able to joke and have fun with the other judges and contestants. They didn't always have to cut away from her and do a voice over from her for put down your knives hands up or whatever they say. However, I will agree with you catroast in that she lost me as a fan after that horrible housewives of wherever episode.

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          That was a horrible episode. I can't believe the editors didn't at least try to cut out some of the upptiness upptity ness cus.

                        2. re: Firegoat

                          to me she is another example of a canadian entertainer who couldn't hack it in the big leagues. At least she is better than Dina Pugliese

                        3. re: catroast

                          At least Rey says "Time's up, untensils down!"

                          1. re: John E.

                            LOL they always have to cut away and voice over Padma for that one.

                4. That's her job, right?

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                    1. Actually paid attention to the whole thing. Notice at the end that she complimented her producers and how the product placement went well.

                      She does not enjoy the intro. Not everybody likes all parts of their job. She is in sales and entertainment. And she is currently successful.

                      Gordon I got. I have no idea who the other three are.

                      1. I tend to feel more sorry for the presumably less-trained and less-well-paid contestants who have to casually bellow about how terrific it is to zoom away in the Faboo Crayola Backlander to the Famous Market Store.