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Padma Lakshmi: I Go Up Two Dress Sizes After Top Chef

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Padma Lakshmi: I Go Up Two Dress Sizes At the End of Every Top Chef Season

Originally posted 10/23/2013 10:25AM

Hosting Top Chef has many perks, but staying super-slim after a season sampling an array of dishes is not one of them.

Luckily, Padma Lakshmi doesn't mind one bit – and even admitted she goes up two dress sizes at the end of every season.

"I love food way too much to starve myself just to look good," the single mom told Fitness for its November/December cover story, out Oct. 29. "I will put in the work at the gym so I can enjoy what I eat."

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Top Chef Stephanie Izard Ties the Knot

Stephanie Izard Marries Gary Valentine

Originally posted 10/07/2013 04:00PM

The Top Chef season 4 winner, Stephanie Izard, wed craft-beer consultant Gary Valentine on Sunday in Chicago and, as expected, the menu was something to talk about.

"I was blown away by the food at our wedding! We had such amazing friends put together an incredible menu that everyone loved," the bride, 36, tellsPEOPLE.

The reception at the Bridgeport Art Center featured a "phenomenal pasta course" made by Chris Pandel, the chef of Chicago's The Bristol and Balena. Guests, including Top Chef season one finalist Lee Ann Wong, had a choice of cavatelli, smoked eggplant and heirloom tomatoes or a rigatoni dish with pork ragu.

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Padma, Tom and Gail Dish on Top Chef: New Orleans

Padma, Tom and Gail Dish on Top Chef: New Orleans

Originally posted 10/02/2013 04:30PM

The judges tell PEOPLE all about a spicy season in the Big Easy

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Padma Lakshmi Shares How to Cook Like a Pro

Padma Lakshmi Shares How to Cook Like a Pro

Originally posted 10/01/2013 09:00AM

The Top Chef host offers her kitchen must-haves and cooking tips

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Top Chef's Gail Simmons Is Pregnant

Top Chef's Gail Simmons Is Pregnant

Originally posted 07/16/2013 10:15PM

The celebrity chef and reality show judge is expecting her first child this winter, her rep confirms to PEOPLE

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Filed Under: Top Chef, Gail Simmons
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Make Carla Hall's Crinkle Cookies

Make Carla Hall's Crinkle Cookies

Originally posted 06/28/2013 02:20PM

The chef and owner of the artisan cookie company Alchemy by Carla Hall whips up a special recipe for your holiday party and is featured in this week's PEOPLE.

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Yum! See What Was Cooking at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen This Weekend

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Aspen Food & Wine Classic Brings All-Star Cuisine to the Mountains

Originally posted 06/17/2013 05:45PM

Ever have one of those weekends where you feel like you just ate too much?

Welcome to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, where that happens – in the absolute best way.

At the weekend-long event, star chefs like Ming Tsai rolled sushi, Duff Goldman baked a lava cake bursting with Godiva chocolate, and new Top Chef champ Kristen Kish divulged that she eats chicken fingers and fries almost three times a week!

Check out some of the fun at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic – including a cameo by actress Allison Janney and a dance party featuring chef Marcus Samuelsson.

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Top Chef Masters Welcomes First-Ever Top Chef Contestant to the Show

Top Chef Masters Season 5 Features Guest Judges Mindy Kaling, Busy Philipps

Originally posted 06/05/2013 02:45PM

The heat is on!

Top Chef Masters returns on July 24, with a twist.

The fifth season of Bravo's hit show will feature a new online competition, Battle of the Sous Chefs, which will directly impact the master chefs, the network announced in a press release on Wednesday. Every episode of the web series leads up to the next episode of Top Chef Masters, and explores the uniquely interdependent relationship between a master chef and their sous chef.

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Want Something Different for Memorial Day? Try This Top Chef's Tuna Tacos

Try Top Chef Winner Hung Huynh's Tuna Tacos

Originally posted 05/24/2013 06:30PM

Not in the mood for barbecue this Memorial Day? Top Chef Season Three winner Hung Huynh suggests you try his tuna tacos instead.

"They're a perfect party food to serve for Memorial Day Weekend since they are delicious and different from the usual burger and barbecue options," the executive chef for restaurants Catch (in New York and Miami) and The General tells PEOPLE. "Tuna tacos are also nice for summertime as it's light and refreshing, and when mixed with a little taco crunch, it is ideal on a hot day."

Sound good? Here's the recipe:

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What's Kate Bosworth's Favorite Dish to Cook & Reality Show to Watch? | Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth Dishes on Her Culinary Specialty

Originally posted 05/18/2013 11:55AM

Kate Bosworth, 30, stars in the thriller Black Rock, in theaters now, and chatted with PEOPLE this week about "one last thing" ...

Last sunset I watched: "Last night. I live in the hills of L.A., and I get a beautiful view of the sunset on my patio. The sunrise, however – that normally escapes me."

Last reality TV I watched: "I love all the cooking shows like Chopped and Top Chef. I've just started to learn to cook in the last couple of years, and I love it. My specialty is a sausage ragu; it takes about six or seven hours to cook. That's almost my mini-vacation, cooking with my fiancé [director Michael Polish] and his daughter. Just having that family time.

Last activity: "Boxing. I've never been a very patient yoga student, so my exercise of choice is something a little bit more action-oriented."

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