TOP Chef has finally announced who will replace Padma Lakshmi as the new host of the long-running Bravo reality competition series.
One of the series’ previous winners will take on the role as Padma departs after 19 seasons in the role.
Padma, who has been a presenter on Top Chef since Season 2, announced her departure last month.
Now Season 10 winner Kristen Kish has been chosen to replace her TVLine.
In a statement, Kristen shared that she has become the new host: “It was at Top Chef that my journey began – first as a competitive chef, then as a guest judge and now as a host.
“I have the honor of helping to further build this brand.
“I’m really happy to be sitting next to him [judges] gail [Simmons] and Tom [Colicchio] while we meet new incredible chefs and see what they cook. It feels like coming home.”
After the news broke, Padma sent Kristen her support with a kind message on social media.
She tweeted: “So proud of you @KristenLKish and so happy to have you covering @BravoTopChef for me!!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you and our entire crew next season. Congratulations!!” !”
Padma also included a smiling photo of the two.
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In response, Kristen gushed, “Thank you for your friendship and care over the years. I love her. I hope to make you proud!”
In June, Padma posted a note online about her exit from the program, writing, “After much thought, I have made the difficult decision to leave Top Chef.”
The Bravo star continued, “Having completed a glorious 20th season as host and executive producer, I am extremely proud to have been a part of such a successful show and its impact on the world of television and the hospitality industry.”
“After 17 years, many of the cast and crew are like family to me and I will miss working with them very much.”
Revealing that her career is now taking a new direction, she wrote, “I feel like it’s time to move on and make room for Taste the Nation, my books and other creative pursuits.”
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