I was watching a midnight showing of Clueless on Bravo. Come ya'll, we all love that movie. For me it's one of three movies I can spontaneously starting quoting from. The other two are When Harry Met Sally and Drop Dead Gorgeous. But that's neither here nor there. Anyway right after Cher's speech on the Haitians (pronounced Hate-Tee-Ens), Bravo shows a little preview of Top Chef. Returning to Top Chef will be the sneering Tom Colicchio and the Jaime Geicher-all-grown-up Gail Simmons.
The contestants themselves seems like a bunch of preening asshats themselves but it's hard to gauge anything from such promos. I would have never guessed from the first season's promo's that the totally loveable Lee Ann would be part of the mix. There is some lady who isn't all that attractive but delusionally says that she will use her sexiness to get what she wants. Has anyone in the history of reality TV actually be able to trade on their looks to win a challenge? Pluh-eeease!
The biggest change in the second season is the replacement of Billy Joel's Child Bride with Padma Lakshmi, a sometime actress, food personality, and most notably wife of Salman Rushdie. Unlike Billy Joel's Child Bride, she does have some concrete professional experience in the food realm. She hosted a couple of Food Network goes to exotic countries specials and was a presenter on Melting Pot, a Food Network show in the daytime that has rotating chefs cooking ethnic cuisine. Sadly Food Network would prefer white folks to educate their audience about ethnic food (i.e. Paula Deens collard green won tons). Anyway, I am excited at Padma's role in Top Chef, she's pretty laid back, slightly exotic, and a decent food presenter. I'm hoping she can balance the bitchiness of Gail.
In anticipation of the upcoming Top Chef Season, I ask you, my readers, what should be my nickname for Padma?
1. Sylk - After her unintentionally hilarious performance as Mariah Carey's rival in Glitter.
2. Salman Rushdie's Trophy Wife - Since this appears to be the landing area for women married to much more famous and certainly more accomplished men.