Shauna Minoprio

Executive Producer Shauna Minoprio gives you the insider scoop.

on Nov 1, 2006

I thought I should start by clearing up a couple of things....

Firstly - My name is Shauna. (Not Ann or Margaret, even though I am English.)

Secondly - Padma. While a majority of our viewers clearly think she's the vicar's knickers (as we say in my country), some of you seem to take exception to her, mostly, as far as I can tell, because she is beautiful, sexy and wears nice clothes -- which according to some, is at odds with taking part in a show that is serious about food. Huh?

OK ...

1. Padma is a model as well as a food expert, therefore she dresses beautifully, looks stunning AND is serious about food, get over it.

2. This is not PBS or North Korean state TV -- if we can have talent combined with glamour, we jolly well will. Let's enjoy having our cake AND eating it.

3. The combination of intelligence/seriousness and sexiness is NOT mutually exclusive, it is just rare.

4. Don't be a hater. I'm not as pretty as her either, but I can deal with the sight of her wearing a bustier-top without having a meltdown.

5. Did you know that 75% of a person's perceived enjoyment of food is VISUAL. Think about it.

6. OK, I'm boring myself now.