Wednesday, November 12, 2008

‘Top Chef’ Host Packs On The Pounds

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s clothes get a little tighter every time a new season of the cooking series begins.

Lakshmi admits she packs on about 10 to 15 pounds while filming Top Chef because she just can’t resist eating all of the yummy food.

She usually goes up one size in clothing over the course of the six-week competition, and keeps the Top Chef wardrobe department busy.

Wardrobe prepares themselves for Lakshmi’s weight gain by stuffing her closet with dresses in two different sizes – her regular size, and her Top Chef size.

Lakshmi believes she packs on the pounds due to a lack of self-control and laughs, “I haven’t learned to take small bites while taste testing yet!”

Her co-star, head judge Tom Colicchio, has actually dropped about 20 pounds over the last few years on the show and Lakshmi thinks he gave all of that weight to her.

Top Chef: New York premieres tonight (Nov. 12) on Bravo.

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