"Part of my job as a food writer is to describe food. So my work on 'Top Chef,' I feel, is an extension of that. When we give a criticism to the contestant, we want to make sure we tell them why it's not working and why it would work if they did it a different way."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Padma Lakshmi on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Padma Lakshmi on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Padma Lakshmi on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Padma Lakshmi on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Padma Lakshmi on Benjamin Franklin
"In truth, I am a single mother. But I don't feel alone at all in parenting my daughter. Krishna has a whole other side of her family who loves her, too. And so Krishna is parented by me, but also by her grandmother and aunts and cousins and uncles and friends."
"I think wine is such a big universe that it's kind of like food - it's intimidating to a lot of people, myself included."
"People always comment about my clothes. They don't think a fashionable woman can love food and be knowledgeable and actually cook."
"The best thing you can do for someone is make them a beautiful plate of food. How else can you invade someone's body without actually touching them?"
"Wine, like food, is so emotional. If you think about it, so much of the courting ritual is surrounded by wine and food. There's a built-in romance to wine."