Lunchtime Poll: What the hell was Padma wearing?

padma-shirt-top-chefImage Credit: David Giesbrecht/BravoI’m sure it’s like an expensive designer top or whatever, but this does not change the fact that during the Quickfire Challenge on last night’s Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi looked like a very fancy turtle.

Or maybe the black stuff is a shield with which she can keep Angelo’s honey-tinged baby food away from her newborn or fend off physical advances from Alex in heat during his “Make Baby, Not Food” crusade, though if that were the case the shield should really be lower.

Vote in today’s more-poignant-than usual Lunchtime Poll, below.

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  • Ceballos

    It kinda looks like a tree stump. An alligator-y tree stump.

    Maybe instead of “Pack your knives and go”, her new catchphrase will be “Make like a tree and get the hell out of here!” while wearing that shirt.

    • Ambient Lite

      Make like a tree and leaf?

  • Madd

    She looks like one of the lizard people on the original V- like when they showed Willie’s lizard back.

  • Ambee

    I couldn’t stop looking at that weird t-shirt with the sleeves cut off top.

    It was so odd I thought it was going to have something to do with the challenge!


  • corey

    I just couldn’t figure it out, it wasn’t attached at the top

  • Gretchen Weiners

    The top is by 3.1 Phillip Lim. But that doesn’t make it ok…..

    • @Gretchen Weiners

      Love your name

  • maryb889

    I thought she was going to remove it to reveal a photo of her baby …

  • Lizabeth

    A turtle was my first thought! Then I thought it might be part of an elephants leg. Or maybe she’s trying out for a new Gladiator-type movie.

  • Suz

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one wondering what was going on with that shirt

  • Kat76

    And ps…something that has been getting on my nerves lately is when Padma says, “Hands up utensils down” which seems, to me, to be in reverse order. Honestly, do we really want chefs throwing their hands up in the air and then dropping utensils from that height? lol Just sayin…

    • tjbr

      Kat76- Too funny!! I actually thought the same thing when I watched the show. Surely she or someone on staff have realized how dangerous it could be if they ACTUALLY followed her orders. Thanks for the enlightenment.

  • quagmire

    Maybe she was lactating and that was the stain.

  • Lisa Simpson

    It looks like someone had an accident with the iron.

  • B

    Am I the only one that’s had a problem with Padma’s wardrobe for a while? She’s a beautiful woman, but they keep putting her in increasingly strange, TIGHT outfits. They need a wrdrobe intervention!

  • Summer

    Looks like part of a fireplace to me. I think TC has no budget, so she is just wearing what she is given. Project Runway needs to have a fashion challenge to get this gal some cool frocks again. The show used to be nearly as much about her attire as it was the food and challenges. Lately, not so much!

  • nodnarb

    Kangaroo pouch

  • Ayn

    Fashionable bullet-proof breast plate made from Alligator skin in case the eliminated chef goes postal and starts throwing knives?

    • Ayn

      FYI… certain types of kevlar weave is specifically designed to defelct both knife blade and ice pick attacks. :)

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