Katie Lee Biegel Admits Hosting Top Chef Didn’t ‘Feel Right’ After Being Replaced by Padma Lakshmi

Katie Lee Biegel is opening up about her temporary period as the host of Top Chef.

While just recently taking a seat with Better Homes & Gardens‘ Executive Editor Oma Ford throughout their BHG100 occasion, Biegel, 41, confessed that her function as host of the cooking competitors was not a great fit.

” [Top Chef] was actually not the best automobile for me,” she stated. “Learning that and finding out to be able to state, ‘This is a terrific chance, however it does not feel right.’ It took me a while after to comprehend that, and taking your ego out of it.”

She continued, “You’ve got ta be real to yourself which’s when you’ll discover success.”

The Food Network star likewise shared throughout her keynote at the BHG100 occasion why she believes it didn’t exercise. “I was really young when I did that, and really green and had no television experience,” she stated. “Looking back on it, I believe why did they ever employ me for that? and I think they most likely believe the very same thing too.”

Biegel hosted the program’s very first season prior to being changed with design Padma Lakshmi, who hosts it to this day.

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“It was a fantastic knowing experience,” stated Biegel. “It was not the best automobile for me, to need to be reliable because sense.”

Biegel does not like “to slam individuals,” she stated. “I do a great deal of evaluating now, and I constantly search for the good ideas to state to individuals as much as I can and for criticism to be useful since someone put their heart out into making it. You can constantly discover something that someone did right.”


The cook is presently a co-host on The Kitchen, which just recently concluded its 32nd season on the Food Network. Top Chef was not, this program was Biegel’s best match.

“I like doing The Kitchen, we have the very best time,” she stated. “I like belonging to an ensemble, it really takes a great deal of pressure away due to the fact that you have individuals you play off of and we truly like each other a lot it’s ended up being ‘these individuals are my member of the family’ and I seem like I can state practically anything to them. I simply feel so lucky that it’s been going on for so long, none people can think it still.”

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Biegel is continuously gaining from her costars, Geoffrey Zakarian, Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, and Marcela Valladolid. “Every time we’re shooting I seem like I’m finding out the entire time,” she stated.

Her preferred lesson was from Zakarian. “When he was making a BLT, he sliced the tomatoes on a cutting board. He spread out the bacon on a flat pan and took a pastry brush and painted the tomato juice from the cutting board onto the bacon. I stated ‘oh Geoffrey, begun. That’s refraining from doing anything.’ Let me inform you– it makes the very best bacon. It gets this sweet taste from the tomato juice, it focuses when it’s baking.”

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