Padma Breaks Up the Band

Musical talent does not a Top Chef make

Mark Simmons, the didgeridoo-playin’, sweet-curry-fixin’ Kiwi, calls out Padma Lakshmi as Yoko Ono in his exit interview on, but we were too distracted by his CHOW T-shirt to really understand the comparison. (Who is John in this equation? Who is Ringo?) He talks with Shawn Rose about the difficulties of using a state-of-the-art microwave oven, being criticized as a messy chef, and his return to the kitchen at New York’s Public. Plus: who he thinks will win.

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