Padma Lakshmi to quit Top Chef after 17 years, says "it is time"text_fields
Los Angeles: Indian-American model Padma Lakshmi recently announced her exit from the popular cooking reality competition show Top Chef after 17 years. She has been hosting the show since its second season.
Having been part of the show since 2006, she has earned four Emmy nominations for it.
The 52-year-old shared the news on Instagram and wrote: "After much soul searching, I have made the difficult decision to leave Top Chef. Having completed a glorious 20th season as host and executive producer, I am extremely proud to have been part of building such a successful show and of the impact it has had in the worlds of television and food."
"After 17 years, many of the cast and crew are like family to me and I will miss working alongside them dearly. I feel it's time to move on and need to make space for Taste the Nation, my books, and other creative pursuits. I am deeply thankful to all of you for so many years of love and support. Sincerely, Padma," she added.
She is moving on to new projects.
Her travel and food docuseries 'Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi' is going to be her focus. It premiered on Hulu in June 2020. A short holiday edition was released in November 2021. And the second season was released in May 2023.
Fans are a little unhappy about her leaving the show.
"It’s hard to imagine what Top Chef is without you but moving on and making space for more of your brilliance and impact is a beautiful thing for us all. Thank you for ALL of it, for being a place of familiar in such an unfamiliar experience. You have taken care of so many of us, in more ways than one, and I am forever grateful to have such lasting memories of your iconic run," wrote a fan on Instagram comments.
"You made the show what it is. Thank you for helping us find out strength to cook with our hearts. I’m excited for your new chapter. Love you," wrote another. "End of an era and an incredible run. You were such an amazing partner and a BRILLIANT host. I have such great memories of our TC days," added another.