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  • - I'm Padma Lakshmi and this is everything I eat in a day.

  • So somewhere around six or 6:30 I usually have

  • my first cup of tea.

  • It's a masala chai called Buckery tea and then I have

  • that with whole milk and honey.

  • 10 to 15 minutes later I will have my second cup of tea,

  • same tea, usually with a big bowl of vanilla yogurt

  • with cinnamon and sliced banana or a big bowl

  • of blackberries and cottage cheese or toast with avocado

  • and slices of cheese or sometimes I will start out

  • with the fruit and cottage cheese or yogurt and fruit combo

  • and then an hour later I will have something that's savory,

  • like an egg in a hole which is basically a big slice

  • of sour dough bread fried in a pan with a circle cut

  • out of it and then an egg cracked into it

  • and then you have to shake your pan so all the bread

  • gets covered with the white and then you have to gently

  • take the spatula and flip it so you don't break the yolk

  • and I like for the egg white

  • to get really lacy and crispy.

  • So all the white has to be cooked but the yolk

  • has to be at least jammy if not runny

  • and jammy in the center.

  • I take that and I put it on a plate and then I drizzle

  • that with a little bit more raw olive oil

  • and then I use sea salt from Cyprus or Maldon flake salt

  • because you want something gritty.

  • I have a lot of salts.

  • I have like 45 different kinds of salts

  • I like a real gravelly, nuggety black pepper grind

  • so that when you bite into a little shard of it

  • you are really getting that pepper heat.

  • And then on top of that I've put something

  • called Maggi Hot and Sweet and it's like,

  • if Ketchup and Tabasco had a baby and then I just kind

  • of Jackson Pollock that all over the toast.

  • If it doesn't make a lot of noise when I try to

  • make that first cut with the knife, I didn't do it right.

  • And then, that's my part two of my breakfast

  • with the third cup of tea.

  • Then if I'm working, if I'm filming either "Top Chef"

  • or "Taste the Nation" then I will go into glam

  • and as I'm getting my hair and make up done,

  • I have my fourth cup of tea.

  • When I get to set I usually have my fifth cup of tea.

  • (mellow music)

  • So let's say I'm on "Top Chef".

  • I really try not to eat too much, in spite of everything

  • I just said because I want to give the contestants

  • the full audience of my appetite.

  • Especially in the first half of the season,

  • I have to sometimes try 19 dishes in that quickfire alone

  • and I will sometimes have to take one bite or two.

  • So depending on the challenge it could be anything

  • from Mexican food to doughnuts to ceviche

  • and so I usually try and take one or two bites,

  • I try and chew slowly so I don't have to take a third bite

  • and I get the full mouth-feel experience of whatever

  • they're giving me and then I get off work and I usually

  • do a quick lap around Krafty and I usually make

  • this funky drink to clean out all that stuff.

  • And that drink is four ounces of green tea with honey,

  • three ounces of raw unsweetened cranberry juice,

  • one vitamin C packet and one big heaping scoop

  • of fiber powder and then I mix that all up

  • and depending on how fast I can drink it

  • from when it's made it will either still be liquid

  • or literally turn into a sludge because the fiber

  • will expand so it's important to drink that fast.

  • It's not very pleasant, and so this is not a treat,

  • this is medicine for my body because I've had to eat

  • whatever food, funky food that I've had to eat.

  • When you're eating that much food,

  • your system expects more food and so then I'll

  • usually have either a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

  • or I'll have an open faced grilled cheese

  • which is called the chili cheese toast,

  • which is basically like a green chili paste

  • or some hot sauce if we don't have fresh minced chilies

  • that we can kind of jam into some olive oil, salt and lemon.

  • And then we put cheese on top of that and then we put

  • it in the toaster oven because I hate microwaving cheese,

  • don't do it, it's horrible, sorry Michelle Obama.

  • If I feel like I should be virtuous then I usually

  • just eat a Granny Smith apple sliced with a cup

  • of peanut butter and I don't like that oily,

  • separated, good-for-you peanut butter,

  • I want like the industrial Skippy or Jif

  • and then after that we usually go back

  • for judges' table or we go back to do the interview portion.

  • I find it's often easier to interview somebody over

  • a cup of tea with some biscuits or some chips and salsa

  • or some shots of tequila, it just loosens everyone up.

  • Every interview is like a first date,

  • it's hard for me to have food in front of me

  • and not nibble on it, so I try to make it healthy.

  • What does that mean?

  • That means cashews or dried apricots,

  • but sometimes we do have a weakness

  • for Vick's jalapeno potato chips.

  • My crew keeps getting a kick out of seeing me eat

  • Flaming Hot Cheetos.

  • I'm not sure why, but they're fine, they're not great.

  • Then I go home and I have another cup of tea.

  • And I usually had another cup of tea on either side

  • of that interview portion and if it's judges' table

  • then I've usually had a cup of tea for every contestant

  • that we call up there.

  • And then there's a point at which if judges' table takes

  • too long I switch from tea to a glass of champagne

  • or wine from one of our sponsors.

  • It doesn't count if it's a sponsor.

  • And then I usually go home and when I'm home

  • I don't wanna eat any of that fancy, over-seasoned

  • goofy food, so for dinner I just eat a simple bowl

  • of steamed Basmati rice with dal or yellow lentils

  • made with lots of ginger and cumin that's been tempered

  • and fried in a pan with dried red chilies

  • and fresh green chilies, that'll be my dinner

  • and I'll usually have a cup of tea before dinner

  • and then after dinner I'll have my last cup of tea

  • so I think we're at like 12 now, tea, right, yeah.

  • And then, if my daughter's up then we have nacho night.

  • We usually use two or three different kinds of cheese,

  • we use a mild cheddar and then a pepper jack

  • and then we take pickled jalapenos, not raw,

  • and we sprinkle those on and then we usually chop tomatoes

  • and make guacamole and we always keep little containers

  • of black beans that we've boiled, and then depending

  • on how hungry we are, we either put them in the oven

  • or if we're really jonesing and it's one o'clock

  • in the morning, we are night owls in my house,

  • I'll just stick it in the microwave.

  • I didn't talk about dessert so much because I'm not really

  • a sweet eater,

  • but I do like a good hunk of dark, dark chocolate.

  • There's this chocolate that has cloves, and cayenne

  • and crystallized ginger so my only real sweet treat

  • on a regular basis I mean, will be just like a half

  • a bar of chocolate.

  • Usually around the corner from wherever my daughter

  • is sitting so she doesn't see.

  • And so, that's pretty much what I eat on a day.

  • (upbeat music)

- I'm Padma Lakshmi and this is everything I eat in a day.

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