Yeah, Marcel was robbed on Top Chef. And probably sabotaged. And Ilan is a weenie. But now to the important stuff: Padma.
The New York Times’ restaurant critic could be in for an ass-kicking now that his snarky words this week about Top Chef‘s belly-baring sleepy beauty Padma Lakshmi are spreading around the world and back to her homeland (Padma is a Hindu Brahmin, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India).
India’s DNA newspaper writes in tomorrow’s editions that their native daughter has received “mixed” reviews for her performance as host and judge in the second season of the Bravo cook-off. But they quote, in full, Timeser Frank Bruni’s words nasty shot:
“Top Chef offers the reliable, although perhaps not always intentional, hilarity… of its host, Padma Lakshmi, aka Mrs Salman Rushdie, a model-turned-actress whose epicurean musings are less riveting than her sluggish, mouth-full-of-molasses style of speech and strenuously come-hither poses. As she makes her costume changes, you can almost read her thoughts: Does this skirt go with hamachi? Is this too much cleavage for a chicken liver canapÃ©?”
Hey, doesn’t he know she was stoned?
And was he deliberately taunting Padma‘s sugar daddy, the author Rushdie? If so, DNA adds a warning:
The paper reminds Bruni that the last time the NY Times was rough on Padma, Rushdie confronted the writer and threatened:
“If you ever write mean things about my wife again, I’ll come after you with a baseball bat.”
Hey, after living under a fatway from the Ayatollah, he doesn’t mess around. And for the record: We love Padma. And despite the recent allegations of rampant weed-smoking on the set, Bravo says she’ll be back when Season 3 kicks off later this year…