Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi ... on the Cover of a Magazine

Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi ... on the Cover of a Magazine

The Top Chef host and head judge pose '50s-style for TV Guide.

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[Sure, headlines shouldn't come with instructions, but if you read this one to the tune of Madonna's "Vogue," you won't be sorry.]

Anyway! This week, Tom and Padma become the first Bravolebrities to grace the cover of TV Guide, sitting for a photo shoot at Johnny Rockets on 3rd Avenue in NYC. Long story short, they look amazing. I'm not just saying that -- I got a peek of it before it hit newsstands today, and my eyes widened, and I immediately requested a framed copy. Tom looks quite dapper of course, but Padma looks downright gorgeous. Oh, wait, there were words associated with the photos too:

The magazine talked to Tom and Padma about the new season: “This is  going to be our best season yet,” says Padma. Tom went so far as to admit that Season 7 was somewhat lacking: "The depth of talent wasn't the same. In Season 6, the chefs were playing to win. In 7, I got the sense they were playing not to lose." And just what will they be winning? $200,000! That's double the previous seven seasons' prize money amount. Andy Cohen says that the chefs didn't know that was the grand prize when they signed up: "When Padma said, "This is what you're competing for,' they flipped."

And I'm still flipping over this cover photo and spread, which is now also my desktop background. OK i have to stop gushing, and you have to go pick up a copy of this week's TV Guide, and watch the Top Chef All-Stars premiere, tonight at 10/9c.

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