Monday, April 15, 2024

Padma Lakshmi Is Over Cooked at “Top Chef,” Leaving the Show After 20 Seasons, 17 Years


For Padma Lakshmi, the final course has been served at “Top Chef.”

After hosting the show for 20 seasons over the span of 17 years, Padma has said so long. She’s done. Stick a fork in her.

I give Padma a lot of credit. She doesn’t have to work. She was married to the world renown writer Salman Rushdie. Then she was involved with Adam Dell, of Dell Computers. They had a child together although at the time Padma was involved with billionaire buyout king Teddy Forstmann. He died from brain cancer but left her and Dell’s daughter a trust fund.

And still Padma went to work. What will she do next? She’s very rich and beautiful. When I first met her she’d written a cookbook for Harvey Weinstein’s publishing imprint. She’s published several more since then. The world is her oyster, so to speak!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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