Padma Lakshmi Avoids Backseat Hosting

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The Top Chef Masters finale is on tomorrow (right before Top Chef: Las Vegas!), and Padma Lakshmi makes a special appearance. Is it hard for her to just sit and be on a show? Does she pick apart Kelly Chois abilities? Did she throw the remote against the wall when Anita Lo failed to identify hoisin sauce? Not exactly. Being a guest is much less stressful than hosting the show, Padma told us at last nights premiere of Inglourious Basterds. I got to just do the easy part. I just got to sit there and eat, she said. I didnt have to move traffic, I didnt have to remember everybodys name. It was great. When Padma's not hosting food shows, she's also not watching them: I dont watch a lot of TV, especially food TV. Watching Top Chef is like watching paint dry for me. I know what happens!