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Padma Lakshmi may love food, but she's totally in shape!The "Top Chef" host showed off her fit figure on the red carpet for Booklyn's Museum's 4th Annual Artist Ball on Wednesday in New York. The brunette beauty stunned in a gorgeous quarter-sleeved black crop top, a beaded vest and a long black maxi skirt. Padma finished her look with minimal makeup and a matching beaded clutch for her red carpet appearance. The 43-year-old follows a strict diet and tries to stay away from sweets, fried food, wheats and alcohol and she also hits the gym at least three days a week to maintain her rock hard body. "To maintain my weight I strength-train, use the treadmill and elliptical, and box three times a week. I also do planks at home and jump rope. I carry a jump rope with me everywhere, especially when I'm working. It's a great way »
- tooFab Staff
Watch out, Cap’n Crunch Buffalo chicken tenders — there’s a new stoner snack in town.
That’s right: The chicken strips pictured above are dredged in flour, dipped in an egg wash, then shaken in a plastic bag with a mixture of parsley, salt, pepper, panko breadcrumbs… and, oh yeah, 15 cookies’ worth of Oreo wafers. (The vanilla kind. You know, because using the chocolate kind would be gross.)
Here’s the secret about this admittedly weird-sounding concoction, though — it’s actually sort of delicious. I discovered as much a few days ago, when Oreo formally debuted a bunch of »
- Hillary Busis
Bravo had a good year in 2013 — so good that the network is adding an ambitious 15 new original shows to its programming.
Famous for hits like the Real Housewives series, Bravo earned the No. 1 spot in 2013 for the most engaged, educated, and affluent viewers for the 18-49 age group in prime time, and it’s now averaging 1.1 million total viewers.
“Our strategy of creating a total multi-platform lifestyle experience for our Affluencers is paying off with not just viewership growth across the board, but also loyalty, which is at an all-time high for Bravo,” Bravo president Frances Berwick said in a statement. »
- Ariana Bacle
Bravo, the NBCUniversal cable network that aims for affluent female viewers, said it would debut two scripted comedies in the year ahead while also launching 13 unscripted series.
The scripted series being highlighted are “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ and “Odd Mom Out.” The first is based on the best-selling “Girlfriends’ Guide” book series by Vicki Iovine. Series follows Abby, played by Lisa Edelstein, a self-help book author who hides her separation from her husband as she navigates a new life as a single woman. Robert Duncan McNeill will be producing director of the series, which is slated to begin production this summer. Produced by Universal Cable Productions with Marti Noxon, who wrote the pilot, Iovine, Meryl Poster and Robbie Duncan McNeil serving as executive producers.
“Odd Mom Out” is a half-hour comedy based on the life of author Jill Kargman, and looks at the outrageous world of moms on New York City’s Upper East Side. »
- Brian Steinberg
Nick Gilhool moves to Brownstone Entertainment as Svp Development after serving as Svp Casting for Magical Elves. While there, he handled shows including Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Project Runway, The Real L Word, Fashion Star and Sundance pic Under The Electric Sky. Brownstone Entertainment, run by Drew Brown and Bob Gillan, with Nicco Ardin as Eic, last year delivered over 20 productions across 11 networks, including A&E’s Barter Kings, Eat Drink Love (Bravo), and Meltdown (Nat Geo). Brownstone’s newest series, Big Smo, was recently set at A&E. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
In a follow-up to the Feb. announcement of “Top Chef at Sea,” a joint venture between Celebrity Cruises and Bravo, the companies revealed Wednesday the 13 former “chef’testants” who will set sail on four exclusive Celebrity Cruises vacations beginning in July.
The July 27 cruise to Bermuda will feature “Top Chef Chicago” and “Top Chef All Stars” contestant Spike Mendelsohn, as well as “Top Chef Las Vegas” contestant Ash Fulk and Angelo Sosa of “Top Chef D.C.” and “All Stars.”
The August Alaskan leg includes “Top Chef Texas” winner Paul Qui, season one runner-up and “All Stars” conestant Tiffani Faison, Seattle runner-up Brooke Williamson and New Orleans runner-up Nina Compton.
Texas contestant Chris Crary and Seattle winner Kristen Kish will join the “France & Iberian Discovery Cruise” in September and season five winner Hosea Rosenberg, “All Stars” contestants Casey Thompson and Tiffany Derry and New Orleans alum Shirley Chung will set »
- Andrea Seikaly
Vulture is holding the ultimate Reality Rumble to determine the greatest season of the greatest reality-tv shows, from The Real World on. Each day, a different writer will be charged with determining the winner of a round of the bracket, until Vulture's Margaret Lyons judges the finals on March 25. As round one continues, Rachel Shukert pits Top Chef's sixth season (in Vegas, with Michael emerging as the greatest Voltaggio) against the second season of America's Next Top Model, which, contestants aside, brought us Tyra's music video.In one corner, we have the mighty Top Chef, spawner of countless shows in which the heavily tattooed and unnervingly mallet-handy prepare artistically presented feasts of sweetbreads, geoduck, and other slimy delicacies most Americans wouldn’t have touched with Miley Cyrus’s tongue before Anthony Bourdain shamed us into it. We’ve deemed its much-praised sixth season as its greatest, most delectable incarnation, »
- Rachel Shukert
Austin - It's appropriate that the backdrop of HitFix's interview with Jon Favreau was a kitchen in one of Austin's hotspots Qui, "Top Chef" star Paul Qui's new biz on the East Side. Favreau's new indie film "Chef" centers on character Carl Casper and his literal tastemaking for a brick-and-mortar restaurant; after a series of outbursts online against critics and the hot spot's owner, Chef Carl ends up launching a food truck, sending it through Miami, New Orleans, Austin and Los Angeles. With stops like those, it's no wonder the film wanders into blissful, unapologetic food pornography, and ties into "celebrity chef" cultures like Qui's. Favreau was on hand at South By Southwest, taking questions about grilled cheese, his turns on Marvel movies like "Iron Man" and "The Avengers" and getting back into independent and smaller films. "I like [working on] the big stuff," he told us. "The critics have been good to me. »
- Katie Hasty
YouTube multi-channel network Fullscreen has figured out how to amass an incredible amount of viewership (26 million individuals in the U.S. alone watched more than 370 million videos under the umbrella of Fullscreen in January 2014), attract top-tier online video talent (the McN successfully courted The Fine Bros. back in December 2013 and has been able to attract and hold onto other recognizable names like Shane Dawson, Lindsey Stirling, Devin Supertramp, Lohanthony, and HowToBasic), and prepare for a mobile-first future (especially after the company’s acquisition of Viddy). Now Fullscreen is beefing up its executive ranks to take advantage of its positioning within the online video marketplace. The self-proclaimed “First Media Company for the Connected Generation” announced today it’s brought on board Michael Wann as Chief Revenue Officer and Ashley Kaplan as Head of Content. Wann comes to Fullscreen by way of SpinMedia (where he was Cro), Demand Media (where he was »
- Joshua Cohen
Padma Lakshmi has always been a cutie!The "Top Chef" star shared the most adorable throwback shot on Thursday via Instagram. "Kindergarten in Queens #tbt," she posted along with the vintage shot of her much younger self. The 43-year-old has always had her beautiful smile -- and we love her little outfit!Judging by this photo, Padma has always been destined to be in front of the camera. The model has been spotted out and about in NYC over the last week, looking super fashionable even in the freezing temperatures. What do you think of Lakshmi's throwback shot? Tell toofab in the comment section below, and click "Launch Gallery" above to see even more stars before the fame! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Celebrity chef Ilan Hall -- the former "Top Chef" winner -- has just thrown in the dish towel in a lawsuit that accused him of fenneling money from investors.Hall was sued for taking $37,500 from money men to help in the operation of his restaurant, The Gorbals in downtown L.A. And, fun fact ... it's known for bacon-wrapped matzoh balls.But the investors claim Hall was as unkosher as his meals and pocketed the cash. »
- TMZ Staff
A+E Networks has unveiled the first wave of shows set for the July 7 launch of Fyi, its lifestyle-centric rebranding of the Bio channel.
The six series unveiled Wednesday focus on foodie pursuits and home design and makeover themes.
“Top Chef” vet Gail Simmons and Food Network regular Marcus Samuelsson will team with food blogger Max Silvestri to host “The Feed,” which is billed as “part road show, part buddy comedy and part talk show.” Fyi has ordered six hourlong segs, exec produced by Giants Pirates’ Ross Jacobson and Troy Searer along with Simmons and Samuelsson.
Also in the works is a pilot for a show chronicling actress Jennifer Esposito’s efforts to open a gluten-free bakery in Gotham.
“Fyi is scouring the globe for new talent and partnering with the industry’s top producers to commission thought-provoking and inspirational lifestyle content,” said Fyi prexy Jana Bennett.
Here’s a »
- Cynthia Littleton
The "Dancing with the Stars" Season 18 cast will be announced during "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, March 4. The ABC morning show will also identify the professional dance partners for each of the celebrities trying for the Mirror Ball Trophy.
But which stars might appear that morning? While rumors have been unusually quiet during the lead-up to Season 18, a few names -- from Bruce Jenner to Cody Simpson -- have surfaced. Check out the rumor round-up below.
Oscar winners: Early rumors suggested that "Dancing with the Stars" wanted an Oscar-winner/nominee season. That doesn't seem particularly likely at this point, as no specific stars have been rumored.
When we go to see an action movie or play certain video games, we expect the violence that usually comes with those genres of entertainment. But while watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta? It seems that reality shows today have become more violent and central to a show’s plotline, making it a part of the story.
When Vanderpump Rules’ Tom punched Jax in the face to see if he “could actually feel anything” after sleeping with his girlfriend Kristen and lying about it for months, you almost expected the blow. That’s what the story arc of the season »
- Jake Perlman
Bravo’s Top Chef may have just wrapped up its eleventh season, but the popular reality cooking competition is about to get a Latino-themed makeover when Top Chef Estrellas premieres on Telemundo Feb. 16. And there’s more to the show than the lilt of Spanish to distinguish it from its English-language counterpart. The trailer for this incarnation of Top Chef promises “spicy new ingredients,” like a a blonde who seductively tears off her chef coat, a hunky guy who appears shirtless, and a handful of fully-made up Spanish TV stars who prance around in the kitchen in high heels.
- Nina Terrero
The casting for Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham continues as Donal Logue has been picked to play Harvey Bullock, a detective on the Gotham police, one with a confusing history thank to all those continuity reboots at DC Comics.
The cast of Sharknado 2 has added a handful of actors including Vivica A. Fox, Judah Freidlander, Mark McGrath, Judd Hirsch (playing a cabbie, see what they did?), Kelly Osbourne and, uh, Andy Dick. In a few of those cases, I suspect the casting is the result of a “Which celebrity would you like to see eaten by a shark? (Yes, we already know about Tara Reid.)” survey.
Yes, there is a change. »
- Lyle Masaki
You already know that this week’s episode of Best Week Ever is going to be bloody brilliant, thanks to the lovely stars of Vampire Academy and their speedy self-promotion. But we haven’t seen the box office numbers just yet, and a former American Idol star is running for Congress!
It’s been a wild week, but there can only be one recipient of the Best Week Ever crown, and this week there are more than a few contenders. Who are the Bwe stars digging?
Emily Tarver is mesmerized by the whirlwind week the badass and newly free women of Pussy Riot are having…
- Emily Exton
To kick off the finale, Padma Lakshmi brought in previously eliminated contestants to act as helpers. As winner of last week’s challenge, Nick got to choose his team first, selecting Jason, Louis and Brian. Nina chose Shirley, Stephanie and Travis – her top three regardless of Nick’s “advantage.”
Each chef is tasked with preparing a four-course meal for an entire restaurant. During prep, Tom visited the kitchens and gave the chefs some last minute critique. He played mind games with Nick first, clearly disapproving of Jason as his first pick helper, before moving onto Nina where he questioned her dessert choice.
Nina planed her four courses as Island with an Italian twist, serving a first course of tuna tartare with tomato water and jalapeno. Tom loved it, »
The final two chefs left standing were Nicholas Elmi, the 32-year-old from Philadelphia, and Nina Compton, the 34-year-old from Miami. All season long, they were fairly evenly matched, with both of them winning three challenges, though Nicholas was in the bottom five times to Nina's two.
In his post-win interview, Elmi says, "This is a pretty great feeling right now. I don't even know what to say. Winning means a lot for my family, it's life-changing."
Nina says that she's proud to be a role model, »
Because the guys of Duck Dynasty have conquered the world, they only have themselves to turn on now. It started on Feb. 5, when Willie and Jase Robertson took their sibling rivalry up a notch by going all Top Chef and challenging each other to a cook-off. And with the boys doing their best Emeril impressions and Uncle Si becoming Padma Lakshmi, this episode was full of memorable quotes. Here are my favorite ones.
‘Duck Dynasty’ Season 5 Episode 5: The 5 Best Quotes
“If I had this thing in high school — you talk about doin’ some math!” – Si Robertson
- Andrew Gruttadaro
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