07:08 PM EDT 10/24/2013
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."
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.
Originally posted 10/02/2013 04:30PM
The judges tell PEOPLE all about a spicy season in the Big Easy
Originally posted 10/01/2013 09:00AM
The Top Chef host offers her kitchen must-haves and cooking tips
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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