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Originally posted 05/23/2012 08:45AM
Let the games – er, shows – begin!
Bravo's summer programing slate is heating up, and the network has recruited a fleet of its "Bravolebrities" – more than 30 in total – for a fun, fast-paced new promo, and PEOPLE.com has a first look. (The commercial will make its TV debut during Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live.)
The Olympics-themed clip finds various Housewives – NeNe Leakes, Kyle Richards and Ramona Singer – facing off for race ... in heels! And with drinks in hand.
Originally posted 03/15/2012 04:15PM
Padma Lakshmi's longstanding battle with her daughter's father has finally been resolved.
The Top Chef host and Adam Dell, father of 2-year-old Krishna, have been embroiled in familial drama since the birth of their baby girl.
Venture capitalist Dell, 42, sued Lakshmi, 41, last year for custody of their daughter Krishna, claiming that the reality TV star aimed "to minimize, if not eliminate, [Dell's] role in Krishna's life." (Lakshmi, who was in a relationship with the late businessman Teddy Forstmann, would not publicly acknowledge who fathered her baby. Dell's lawsuit cited a DNA test that proved he was the father.)
Originally posted 03/14/2012 05:55AM
Stars came out to celebrate Monday night after the FIJI-sponsored screening of Jeff, Who Lives at Home at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas in N.Y.C. At the afterparty – held at Sons of Essex – Jason Segel held court, graciously greeting friends and well-wishers with a cocktail in hand.
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and another of the film's stars, Susan Sarandon, were inseparable; they entered holding hands and spent the evening looking at photos on each other's phones and chatting closely in the VIP area. Padma noshed on some of the appetizers, including truffled mushroom pizza, too.
The film's Ed Helms was also there, with an older couple that appeared to be his parents. – Kate Hogan
Originally posted 02/29/2012 11:30PM
The heat was on Wednesday night for the Top Chef: Texas finale as two contestants – Paul Qui and Sarah Grueneberg – battled it out in Vancouver to determine who would ultimately come out on top.
The chefs were asked to prepare four courses of their choice for 100 diners and the panel of judges, with the help of some familiar faces. Paul enlisted Barbara Lynch, Ty-Lor Boring, Chris Crary and Keith Rhodes, while Sarah had the help of Nyesha Arrington, Tyler Stone, Heather Terhune and Grayson Shmitz in the kitchen.
And if it were up to People.com readers, Qui would persevere: He polled far ahead of his competitor, with 90% of readers voting that he deserved to take the Top Chef title.
Sarah, however, has been formidable competitor throughout the season, collecting thousands of dollars and big wins in elimination challenges.
Both, interestingly, also have a connection to the Lone Star State. Paul currently cooks in Austin and Sarah, who now lives in Chicago, was born in Texas.
So who won in the end? Keep reading to find out:
Originally posted 02/23/2012 12:50PM
After toiling away in snowy Vancouver in a series of physical challenges – even, at one point, shooting for their ingredients last week – three contestants were left standing at the beginning of Wednesday's Top Chef.
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Originally posted 02/21/2012 11:00AM
For nine seasons, Top Chef fans have known Gail Simmons to be a thoughtful and incisive judge, a dessert enthusiast (she does host Top Chef: Just Desserts, after all) and a friendly, familiar face.
But for Simmons, being a TV personality was never in the cards. In fact, after graduating from college in Montreal, neither was a career in food – initially.
In her new book, Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater, Simmons shares "the story of my life – so far – and the mentors and the adventures I've had along the way," as she tells it in her warm, conversational voice.
Originally posted 11/20/2011 03:55PM
Theodore "Teddy" Forstmann, a veteran business leader and philanthropist who was romantically linked to Padma Lakshmi, died Sunday. He was 71.
Forstmann suffered from brain cancer, his spokesman tells The New York Times.
Although the famed billionaire never married, he dated Top Chef host Lakshmi, 41, over the last several years. Their relationship made headlines when she gave birth to now 1-year-old daughter Krishna in February 2010, which spawned speculation over the identity of the father. (Venture capitalist Adam Dell was later revealed as the father.)
Originally posted 11/03/2011 08:35AM
With 29 contestants and three cities around the state, Top Chef: Texas is shaping up to be the biggest season yet.
Wednesday's premiere found the chefs split into groups and facing off against each other in two rounds – the final qualifying rounds will air next Wednesday – just to determine which 16 chefs will actually make the final cut.
They will also be facing some major celebrities on the other side of the judges' table this season.
"I think everybody who comes on the show – especially if they're not in the food business – has a certain level of interest in food," host Padma Lakshmi told PEOPLE of the season's array of guest judges on a conference call. "These are cities you have to fly to, and you have to take a day or two out of your schedule."
Originally posted 10/27/2011 05:55AM
She was away for her actual birthday (Sept. 1!) filming Top Chef: Texas, but Padma Lakshmi's friends did not forget her. Instead, they threw her a surprise belated birthday bash at New York's Sons of Essex. The group all sipped Armand de Brignac Brut Gold champagne, and some signature cocktails. "She was completely surprised and had no idea," a source says. Lakshmi also took a trapeze lesson earlier in the day. Says the source: "Her friends made it a really special day for her." – Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 02/04/2011 04:00PM
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi's passion for entertaining and good food has roots in her native India, where she soaked up her grandmother's wisdom in the kitchen.
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