It’s always a little strange when holidays come to reality-television shows, since you know it had to have been taped, well, beforehand, and so everyone is just faking that it’s Thanksgiving. Such was the case when the Top Chef crew headed up to a downright balmy Rochester, N.Y. (they cooked outside for the elimination challenge) Read More
This morning, Top Chef host-judges Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio treated the food press to a conference call to discuss the upcoming fifth season of the show, which was mostly filmed in Brooklyn. Besides learning that guest judges will include Eric Ripert, Dave Grohl, Martha Stewart, Lidia Bastianich, Wylie Dufresne, and Marcus Samuelsson, we found Read More
In an age where Damien Hirst errata have joined gold and United States government bonds in the shrinking pantheon of safe investments, can contemporary art still be dangerous?
More to the point, can contemporary art be dangerous when it’s held in something of a polyurethane uterus, a haute-culture billboard designed by deconstructivist goddess Zaha Hadid, Read More
Thursday night, on the eve of Fashion Week, a noir-ish crowd including Kelly Osborne, nightlife-loving model Agyness Deyn, designer Henry Holland, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, and the ubiquitous Misshapes DJs wandered through Christie’s galleries at a preview party for the auction house’s fall sales of Postwar and Contemporary Art, Impressionist and Modern Art, and Read More
Heidi Montag reportedly bailed on the White House Correspondents gala when MSNBC wouldn’t adhere to the demands of her manager and boyfriend Spencer Pratt for first class tickets for the pair, even though only Ms. Montag was invited. [P6]
Padma Lakshmi is apparently cozying up with IMG owner Teddy Forstmann since her Read More
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off its seventh year tonight at the Zeigfeld Theater with the big sparkly premiere of Baby Mama. The movie is about a single and successful businesswoman (Tina Fey) who hires a working-class woman (Amy Poehler) to be her surrogate. Can you believe we’ve gotten this far along in life without Read More
A basic tenet of East Village celebrity physics dictates that whenever a comely actress moves out of the neighborhood, another must instantly come to take her place. Furthermore, because hip people inherently drift ever-eastward into the once-grimy lettered avenues, that new starlet must move in closer to the river than the one she’s replacing.
On Monday, Nov. 19, Padma Lakshmi, the former model and comely host of Bravo’s reality series Top Chef, read from her latest cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet (Weinstein Books, $34.95), at the Strand Bookstore near Union Square.
One might be forgiven for thinking that the title of Ms. Lakshmi’s book, along with her Read More
Tonight, safely past the May sweeps afterglow and Sopranos finale frenzy, New Yorkers will be tuning (and D.V.R.-ing) into yet another television obsession: Top Chef.
The show kicks off its third season at 10 p.m. on Bravo, this time trading Los Angeles for Miami Beach, but bringing all the usual players: the flinty-eyed and dignified Read More
On a recent Sunday evening at Babbo restaurant, a literary agent regarded a plate of beef-cheek ravioli. Waiters crisscrossed the room with orders of pasta. The restaurant was full. The city was quiet. It was the kind of peaceful, comfortable night that has been falling over Manhattan for quite some time now.
Suddenly, the conversational Read More