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Shortly after beginning filming for the upcoming Season 16 of Bravo's Top Chef all over Kentucky — and over-sampling the food highlights of the state — Padma Lakshmi declared that she already needed a cleanse. (It's hard to eat so good!) Indeed, she tends to gain a substantial 10 to 15 pounds per season of the show — but when Padma showed up on the Emmys red carpet to represent the show's nomination, she looked as slim and stunning as ever — so it's clear that she's managed a healthy balance, despite a Kentucky eating blowout.
"I've never spent any time in Kentucky, I had a lot of fun," she told E! "It was a lot of bourbon," she laughed.
Padma also let slip one very creative local dish that she had to try during this season's competition.
"It's a casserole with bananas, mayonnaise, and peanuts," she admitted. "It's like, this sounds really disgusting. But it was actually good. There were a lot of weird things like that, but it's good. I think it'll be a really fun show."
Padma's daughter Krishna Dell, 8, is also becoming a budding Top Chef in the making.
"She's really creative," Padma shared.
"She loves to cook. She sees me testing recipes and we make everything. She likes to make desserts, a lot of frozen sorbets and things like that. But she's using a knife now, so who knows?"
Who knows indeed — anything could happen!
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