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I won't miss the Top Chef food, says Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi quit Top Chef in 2023 credit:Bang Showbiz
Padma Lakshmi quit Top Chef in 2023 credit:Bang Showbiz

Padma Lakshmi won't miss eating the food on 'Top Chef'.

The 53-year-old model hosted the TV show from 2006 until 2023, and although she enjoyed the food, Padma admitted that it was still a "big, big, big issue" for her.

Asked if she missed eating the food, Padma told PEOPLE: "No, I don't. I mean, the food is great but when you have to eat that much of it, it's really hard. So I'm happy not to have ... that was a big, big, big issue, yeah."

Padma also revealed that she'll miss her 'Top Chef' colleagues.

The model likened the show's crew to a "family".

She said: "I miss my friends. I miss the whole crew - they're like family to me."

Last year, Padma outlined her reasons for quitting the show after 17 years.

The runway star - who also hosts 'Taste the Nation', a travel and food show - told the 'Awards Circuit' podcast: "I had been on location for eight months out of the year. And when I wasn’t on location, I was in pre- and post-production for both my shows. And I was looking at edits of one show while on the set of another show. It was just exhausting and untenable for me to continue that way."

Padma also admitted that her busy schedule was harming her personal life.

She shared: "I haven’t had a relationship in a long time either, because I’m always working. I don’t know when I think I was going to meet anybody. I’m surrounded by people I either employ or employ me, and neither of those [groups of] people are appropriate [for a romantic relationship]."