Making a career out of judging dishes created by some of the country’s brightest culinary minds requires a discerning set of taste buds. But sometimes, you just want to sit down and let those taste buds bask in the glory of layers of bacon, beef and cheese, and wash it down with a sodie-pop. How else to explain Padma Lakshmi's steamy new Hardee's/Carl's Jr. commercial, or this Diet Coke spot with Tom Colicchio? Kudos to you, Top Chef hosts, for telling America its still OK to enjoy food and drink we can actually pronounce. Personally, I think Ms. Lakshmi looks more like the svelte diet-cola drinker, whereas Tom, well ... you get the idea.
—Posted by Yana Polikarpov