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Four Teamsters — of the truck driver’s union — have been found not guilty in the U.S. District Court of all federal charges of attempting to extort jobs from the show “Top Chef” when it filmed in Boston in 2014. The four men (Daniel Redmond, 49; John Fidler, 53; Robert Cafarelli, 47; and Michael Ross, 63), who belong to the Charlestown-based Teamsters Local 25, were accused of conspiring to extort “Top Chef” producers into giving them jobs and driving equipment in and around the Boston area. “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi had previously testified that she was “terrified” when approached by the men. Prosecutors »
- Ashley Boucher
For a second day, jurors in the Top Chef extortion trial have ended their deliberations without reaching a verdict on the fate of four Boston Teamsters accused to trying to shake down the show for unneeded driving jobs. As first reported by Deadline, the four men — all members of Boston Teamsters Local 25 — had set up a picket line on June 10, 2014, outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in suburban Milton, where the show was filming. When Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tried to… »
“I was a judge on that season,” the Starving for Attention podcast host recently told People at Santa Margherita’s She Shed in Brooklyn, New York. “I remember it in the moment as being a thing that was happening, but none of it happened while I was around … so I can’t talk about it firsthand.”
Still, Blais unwaveringly supports his costar of many seasons on the Bravo culinary competition, who testified in »
- Lanford Beard
“Top Chef” judge and Emmy-nominated host Padma Lakshmi knows a thing or two about food — and fashion. “Having modeled all those years ago, I know how to dress for my body,” says Lakshmi, who’s attended the Emmys for the best reality-competition program nominee the past 10 years. And while the show’s summer filming schedule leaves her 10-15 pounds heavier with little time to slim down, she calls it a “high-class problem.” “Let’s face it — it’s eating on TV that got me to the Emmys in the first place!”
“This is an Emmy dress I will always love because ‘Top Chef’ took home the Emmy that year,” says Lakshmi of the Carolina Herrera frock she paired with tribal jewelry from her line, the Padma Collection. “I was also still nursing, so I was very lucky to find a dress that fit me so well.” Victory came at a price, though: »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi testified in court on Monday about the incident with a group of Teamsters in 2014. A group of four union members are being tried for extortion. Padma Lakshmi Testifies In Top Chef Extortion Case The Teamsters union members were angry that the Top Chef crew didn’t hire them and decided to protest. Their […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi testified in a federal trial today and detailed her frightening encounter with angry Teamster union members. Boston-based Local 25 union members John Fidler, Daniel Redmond, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross are accused of threatening to disrupt the filming of Top Chef if the non-union production company did not agree to hire union laborers, Boston station Wcvb reported. The men have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and attempted extortion. The accusation stems from a confrontation between Teamsters and the show's non-union production company's crew at a Boston-area restaurant where they were filming scenes for the »
Updated with other people’s testimony below: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi took the witness stand today for the first time in trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of trying to extort the show for driving jobs during a location shoot three years ago. She testified that she was "terrified" and "felt threatened" as she attempted to cross a picket line for filming of the show in the Boston suburb of Milton. Lakshmi said she had been driven in a minivan to the Steel & Rye… »
Padma Lakshmi testified in Boston federal court on Monday, confirming a Top Chef producer’s earlier declaration that members of the Teamsters Union Local 25 threatened the host in 2014 while protesting the reality show.
The 46-year-old said that one of the four Teamsters picketing outside Milton, Massachusetts, restaurant Steel & Rye – where the Bravo series was filming at the time – leaned his arm into her vehicle while it was blocked, and said, ” ‘Oh, lookie here. What a shame about that pretty face,’ ” according to Boston Herald reporter Laurel Sweet.
“I felt like he was bullying me, like he was telling me he was going to hit me. »
- Lindsay Kimble
This week, stars and production staff from Top Chef are in a Boston courtroom recounting the alleged threats and racial slurs they were subjected to by four members of Teamsters Union Local 25 during a shoot for the show.
The scary situation allegedly unfolded outside of a Milton, Massachusetts restaurant back in 2014, amid protests by the local Teamsters who wanted to be hired as drivers for the nonunion show.
Here’s everything you need to know about the ongoing extortion trial – which kicked off Tuesday – surrounding those events.
Teamsters surrounded Padma Lakshmi’s car and threatened her lifeThough host Lakshmi, herself, »
- Lindsay Kimble
A Top Chef producer testified in Boston federal court that she was the subject of racist taunts and host Padma Lakshmi was physically threatened when four members of the Teamsters Union were picketing outside a restaurant where the show was filming in 2014.
Supervising producer Ellie Carbajal told the jury Wednesday that the teamsters, who Deadline reports are accused of trying to extort the show for driving jobs, “swarmed vehicle and surrounded it.”
According to Deadline, one of the men said to the others with his face just inches from the host’s car window, “That’s the pretty one. We »
- Stephanie Petit
Four Teamsters members in Boston are being charged with attempting to extort jobs from Top Chef producers. Top Chef Extorton Trial Begins<h2? The trial began this week in Boston, in which Robert Cafarelli, John Fidler, Daniel Remond, and Michael Ross are being accused of spitting threats and homophobic and racist remarks at crew members of the Bravo show. Prosecutors are […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
Updated with captioned video: A second female Top Chef producer testified today in Boston federal court that she too witnessed local Teamsters threatening to harm the show’s host, Padma Lakshmi, as she tried to cross their picket line back in June 2014. The reality competition show’s former location manager also was on the stand today. Derek Cunningham, who since has left the business, testified that he has been in fear for his life since “the whole scene, generally… »
The first witness in the trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of terrorizing the cast and crew of Top Chef on location in 2014 testified today that the show's host, Padma Lakshmi, was "visibly terrified" after one of the defendants leaned into her car as she attempted to cross their picket line and screamed that "they were going to bash her pretty face in." Lakshmi is expected to testify later in the week. Erica Ross, the show's former co-executive producer, said she… »
Update: Lynch’s publicist has released the following statement to People: “We can confirm at this time that Barbara Lynch was involved in a car accident early Tuesday morning. There was damage to her car and a parked vehicle, and Barbara was shaken up, but no one else was injured. For that, she is extremely grateful; however she is still understandably upset. As details are gathered, we’ll be able to provide more information.”
Renowned Boston chef Barbara Lynch was charged with alleged drunken driving in Gloucester, Massachusetts early Tuesday morning, People confirms.
Lynch, who was named one of Time »
- Shay Spence
The 2017 Emmy nominations caused quite a stir when they were announced this morning, causing mixed reactions from fans that ranged from excited to disheartened. But no one was more elated than this year’s nominees, many of whom expressed their gratitude with written statements, while others took to Twitter and Instagram to share their excitement.
If at first you don’t succeed, try try try try try try try try try try again! #Emmys2017 #Hoc pic.twitter.com/NkABF5qRTb
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) July 13, 2017
David Gelb, Creator, “Chef’s Table”
“We are honored and thrilled for this recognition of the hard work and talent of our relentless production and post teams. We are deeply grateful to our incredible chefs for letting us into their lives (and feeding us), and to »
- Gabrielle Kiss
Sometimes the most difficult part of traveling is figuring out where to go. Luckily, Travel + Leisure and Padma Lakshmi have just revealed the one destination that should top your list.
T+L has just released the 2017 World’s Best Awards, ranking everything from hotels and airlines to islands and cruise ships. (It’s basically your one-stop vacation guide.) One list of findings you should definitely bookmark for your bucket list planning: The 15 best cities overall.
Related: Actually, Tuesday Isn’t »
- Megan Stein
The Top Chef host, 46, joked that she’s in need of a little “me time” as she shared a shot of herself looking super-casual in bed while wearing a white tank top and a green skin mask slathered over her face.
Krishna is cuddling with her in the snuggly shot, while Dell peeks at the camera behind them.
“Can I please have some Me time??” she captioned the image, along with hash tags #howsweetitistobelovedbyyou! and #littlehands.
It’s a notable image of the pair, »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
The 46-year-old model showed off her stunning bikini body with a poolside pic on Thursday.
Watch: Padma Lakshmi Poses in Black Lingerie Because 'Moms Do That Sometimes'
"Week 5 of filming and hips getting rounder, thighs getting thicker...#topchefmemories #eatingmywaythroughcolorado," Lakshmi captioned the Instagram snap.
Watch: Padma Lakshmi Admits She Initially Didn't Know Who Fathered Her Daughter
Lakshmi is all for showing off her natural beauty. During an interview with Et last April, the Top Chef host revealed that she's had to deal with unwanted Photoshopping.
"It happened to me actually and I was really angry about it. I like the color of my skin," she said. "It's taken me a long time to feel comfortable with who I am and I think when you're a brown person living in a white world, it's especially sensitive. I also ask people not to retouch my scar, because »
As the host and judge of the Bravo show for 14 seasons, Lakshmi has previously told People that all of those quickfire and elimination challenges add up to about 8,000 calories per day when she’s filming. She even claims to have gained 17 lbs. in one season as she plowed through deep dish pizzas in Chicago.
Now that the cameras are rolling in Colorado for the new season, Lakshmi is showing off those results on Instagram, looking stunning in a royal blue bikini.
“Week 5 of filming and hips getting rounder, thighs getting thicker… »
- Shay Spence
“I’m such a homebody. I love being at home,” the lifestyle guru told the Eater Upsell podcast. “Besides food, pajamas are my favorite thing in the whole world. And so when I was told I could film this at home, I was like ‘Yes! I’ll get to be home with my girls and I’ll get to see them on my breaks.'”
In fact, Curry remodeled the kitchen in her San Francisco »
- Ana Calderone
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