Page Six Magazine smacked Padma Lakshmi on its cover this weekend (no, she isnt nude but for chocolate) and interviewed her at Artisanal, where she literally turned heads.
Terrance Brennan, owner and chef of Artisanal, stops by to chat. As he turns to leave, saying Let me know if theres anything else I can do for you, he bumps into a wall. Uh, theres a wall there, he sheepishly mutters.
Padma is compared in the opening paragraph to Victoria Beckham on stilts and a good drag queen, but even more disconcerting is her take on women coming up strong in this seasons Top Chef.
This is my completely unscientific, personal, politically incorrect opinion, but I think that women have more sensitive palates, especially because of hormones. My sense of smell is quite strong its why Im a good cook.
On the personal front, Padmas demure about rumors that shes dated IMG owner Ted Forstmann and venture capitalist Adam Dell (Im really enjoying my freedom), and shes not changing her bikini-and-fur getup anytime soon (Of course I would have clothes of a certain type. Im not going to dress like Mario Batali). Phew. She also offers an eye into her workout routine I box three times a week, I jump rope, I roller skate but fails to mention that she hits the low-budget Dolphin Gym on Avenue B, or so weve heard. Thats right, Padma keeps it real, except her vision of her future sounds a little like a Greek symposium:
Theres music, wine flowing, incense burning and friends are dropping by to have long rambling dinners into the night. Hopefully I will be a producer and a creator of many different things, she says. Including babies!
Well see if she doesn't start dressing like Mario Batali when the bump starts showing.