Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bye, Padma, bye

Oh, Padma. I think I’m going to miss you most of all. “Top Chef” closes out its fourth season tonight with the grand finale featuring adorable honorary chefbian Stephanie, real-life chefbian Lisa and faux-hawk connoisseur Richard. I’m Team Stephanie all the way. But, regardless, they’re all winners for having spent so much time in the presence of The Ultimate Kitchen Goddess herself, Padma Lakshmi. (SEE UPDATE BELOW, plus YAY STEPHANIE!)

To quote dearly departed (from the show, not this mortal coil) chef Antonia from Eater LA:
“(Padma) really looked like a goddess. I was so excited to see a woman so beautiful, knew so much about a food, ate like a rock star and looks like a super model. It’s what everyone wants to be.”

You said it, sister. Let’s take a look back, in wonder, at the many faces (not to mention the rest of her) of Padma. [Click any and, I highly recommend, all to enlarge]

The Cook & The AuthorThe EaterThe HostThe Fashion MavenThe Proud Scar BearerThe Men’s Wear EnthusiastThe Same-Sex CanoodlerThe Funny Gal

The Sexy

Yep, I will definitely miss Padma most of all. Mmm, Padma, mmm.

UPDATE: Oh. My. God. Did you read the LA Times piece on Padma yesterday? If so, this is the most perfect quote in the history of the world:

“My greatest pleasure is to put a plate before you and watch you,” said Lakshmi. “But you know it’s true! I long to hear you say, ‘Mmmmm.’”

Padma, I will “Mmmmm’” for you anytime. Call me! Feed me!

11 comments:

frannie said...

Ditto ditto!! Thanks for pictures! She's the BEST thing about Top Chef!

The Gentleman said...

The "Seriously, Rushdie used to hit that?" in your penultimate recap captured my feeling about Padma perfectly! That's exactly the first thought that comes into my mind every time I see the lovely Ms.Lakshmi... well not exactly the first... maybe the first PG-13 rated one :P

venicesurfergirl said...

Not usually one to be such a lascivious drooler, but damn, this post says it all. Gulp.

Amanda said...

Jesus....

Amanda

Slym said...

I will just come right out and admit that Padma brings out the naughty (putting it mildly) in me so all I have to say is JUST EFFING BITE ME Ms. Lakshmi, Just bite me and after that you can pull out a whip and the fur-lined cuffs.

There I said it. Good to get that shit off my chest. Been walking around holding it in for too damn long and the slew of picks just pushed me over the edge. I blame you Ms. S. I blame it all on you! You just had to go and suck me in didn't you? I've been so good all along but you just pulled out all the stops. It's all out now. And you must have known this would happen to a lot of us. Padma got the POWA!

TheWeyrd1 said...

mmm...okay...now you have me saying that!

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

I adore Padma. She's just so unpretentious and earnest, plus strikingly beautiful. And she cooks! What's not to love?

jetgirl said...

I love people who love food.

Pyewacket said...

Mmm, Padma wearing eyeglasses, mmm.

Dixie said...

That video that you posted of her being interviewed - the host (even though she mentioned she had a bf 2 or 3 times) was so flirting with her.
If someone was talking to me like she was, but in a gay bar or something, i'd know that in about 30secs they were gonna jump me, lol.

Good that she's open about her scars etc.
I wish Tina Fey would spill on how she got hers on her face...

CageQueen said...

I'm not even a lesbian and I'd still like to have her for lunch! Padma=Goddess