Honestly, I had a hard time watching Top Chef consistently because of Padma Lakshmi. Granted she was so much better than Mrs. Billy Joel but that's not saying much! The host should at least be into food/know about food! Look at Project Runway - Tim Gunn may be leaving but he was awesome! and he knew about fashion . .Who would you pick to host Top Chef next season? My vote is for someone like Alton Brown.