Top Chef NYC Premiere: Padma Lakshmi is Still Hot Eick November 13, 2008 Top Chef 8 Comments I don’t have a whole lot of commentary to offer on last nights season premiere of Top Chef other than to note that it might actually be possible that Top Chef host, cooking beauty and lover of pot smoking, Padma Lakshmi is getting hotter each season. Of course some stuff actually happend on the show. Like this dude, Patrick, who is still in culinary school, and this lady Lauren, who was recently in culinary school WITH Patrick, were both eliminated. Now I know this isn’t shocking since they were the two least experienced chefs, so it would make sense that they were eliminated early. However, this does beg the question, what culinary school did these two go to? Possibly not the best PR for that school. As far as contenders go, it’s still too early to tell, but the European ego, Stefan, seems to be off to a strong start, as does up-from-his-bootstraps Gene. For more coverage of last nights Top Chef, you can check out Endless Simmer’s live blog, YumSugar’s questions and Serious Eat’s recap. You can also always find Top Chef info on Blogging Top Chef. Also, Grub Street has a “Where are they Now” post on previous competitors and Capital Spice chatted with Carla Hall, the chef and caterer from Washington, DC who, during the premiere episode, said that when it comes to designing meals, she likes to be “led by my spirit guide.” The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Eick Latest posts by Eick (see all) Surge Wins Discontinued Foods Bracket! - April 12, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket FINAL VOTE: Surge vs. Planter’s Cheez Balls - April 10, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket Final Four! Surge vs. Ecto Cooler - April 8, 2013 8 Responses BS November 13th, 2008 Eick- The best part is that their school was the Culinary Institute of America!! Pretty funny. Reply LiLu November 13th, 2008 I don’t think any cooking school could have helped those two. They were trembling in their boots from the get-go. To do well at Top Chef, you gotta have some chest hair and a little fire under your ass. Reply Capital Spice November 13th, 2008 In fairness, the Culinary Institute had six students (Patrick and five alums) in the competition out of a total of 17 contestants. They also brag that 3 of the 4 previous seasons’ winners have studied there over at CIA Sizzle. Reply Eick November 13th, 2008 Ah Capital Spice, always the one for fairness. I, however, am one for hyperbole and rabble rousing. Good point though, that means the school still has 4 alums in the competition. Reply Cary November 13th, 2008 Solid episode. Padma is a smokeshow, and my two least favorite participants ate it. Also, let it be known that Gail has no chin. Reply Youppi November 14th, 2008 early faves: hosea, danny, jamie, gene, leah early jonesers: carla, jeff, radhika, melissa, richard. i already hope stefan doesn’t win for being such a toolbag. Reply Youppi November 14th, 2008 also, yes, padma is hot. Reply Missskitttin November 19th, 2008 Yes but she eats with her mouth totally open and it grosses me out totally. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current day month ye@r * Leave this field empty * Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.