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Padma Lakshmi was shocked by 'Top Chef's' Emmy win [Video]

May 31, 2011 | 11:58 am

Padma Lakshmi Top Chef News"It was a complete shock," Padma Lakshmi confessed, talking about "Top Chef's" Emmy victory last year as best reality-competition show. "The Amazing Race" had prevailed the previous seven years and was easily expected to repeat, but "Top Chef" pulled off a jaw-dropper.

Can the show do it again? Yes, truth be told, but the "Top Chef" host said she doesn't know the secret recipe.

"If I knew what the secret formula was, I'd be brewing it in my kitchen right now," she said in our webcam chat.

Lakshmi said she does know what she'll add to her own Emmy dish if she's again nominated for best host of a reality program, as she was in 2009 when cited along with Tom Colicchio. She said she plans to submit one of two episodes to the Emmy jury: the special "Sesame Street" episode or the Ellis Island segment. Below, she explains further.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Padma Lakshmi. Credit: Bravo