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Padma Lakshmi Has Some *Very* Strong Feelings on the Butter Board Trend

The Bravo’s Top Chef judge weighed in on the buttery craze — and dropped some expletives in the process. 

By Jenny Berg
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Padma Lakshmi has some feelings about the dwindling butter board trend, and she is not holding back from sharing them. In a recent interview with Allure, the Bravo’s Top Chef judge had some serious questions for people who are spreading a thick layer of butter on top of wooden boards and then dragging crackers and other snacks through it.

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“Who the f--k wants to eat pure butter?” Padma asked. “Why do you want to drag a cracker through butter? … It’s meant for bread. That is a trend that I’m not sorry to see go.”

This isn’t the first time Padma has been less than thrilled with a food trend. Back in 2019, she shared, “I was over sous vide before I really got into it. If I wanted steamed food, I would go to the hospital.” She was also coming for poke bowls. 

“My least favorite food trend is the poke bowl,” she previously told Us Weekly as part of its “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” feature. However, there are other foods that Padma is surprisingly into — and turned on by. 

When she returned to the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Clubhouse on March 9, Padma was prompted to share some intimate fun facts about herself. (Check it out in the clip above.) 

During a game of “Pillow Talk,” host Andy Cohen asked Padma, “What food is your biggest turn-on?” and she immediately responded, “Frozen grapes.” Moments later, she had the exact same answer when he asked, “What’s your most unusual turn-on?”

As for her go-to dish to prepare when cooking for “someone that you really care about,” Padma shared, “Anything in a bowl. Preferably something you can slurp.”

Elsewhere in her Allure interview, Padma opened up about a luxury that has nothing to do with food. “I have a bathtub in my bedroom,” she shared. “I want to stay in the bath, but I get bored in the bathroom. To me, that’s the ultimate luxury.” And speaking of indulgences, Padma’s bath sounds seriously decadent.

She told the beauty magazine that she often thickens her bathwater by adding milk or lassi to it. Padma also whips up bath oils and salts by hand. She infuses her homemade bath products with different scents, which she changes seasonally. On any given day, she might opt to soak in a geranium, neroli, black pepper–scented tub.

Though Padma didn’t specify which of her homes she was referring to when she sat down with Allure, she has previously opened up about the bathtub in her Hamptons home

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