Padma Lakshmi – Savoring Life as a “Top Chef” Host & Fighting for Human Rights | The Daily Show

Padma Lakshmi – Savoring Life as a “Top Chef” Host & Fighting for Human Rights | The Daily Show


-Welcome back to the show.
-Thank you. You always have such
a really nice audience. -They’re so…
-They’re wonderful. -…warm. -We have
a line of South Africans. -(cheering and applause)
-Thank you. I heard. That’s how it–
that’s how it happens. Lots of good Indian food
in South Africa. Yeah, we actually have tons
of Indian food in South Africa. We have the highest population
of Indians outside of India. -A lot of people don’t know that
about us. -Really? -Yeah. Yeah, that’s us. -Well,
Gandhi started in South Africa. -Yes, that’s true. Yeah. So a
lot of people… -So, thank you. Yeah. So, uh…
That’s just, uh– My pleasure. Uh… I made them all. Uh…
(chuckles) -Welcome back to the show.
-Thank you. Congratulations.
Uh, season 16 of Top Chef. And this is going
to be the season finale. I have to ask, when you spend
every single working day eating -some of the best
culinary delights, -Mm-hmm. do you just– do you– like,
is your off time junk food? -Is that what you do?
-I mean, it’s not junk food, but it’s really simple food. -Right.
-Like, I just want toast or I want chicken soup -or mashed potatoes.
-Yes. So not with, like,
the drizzling thing -on the thing.
-No. Yes, exactly.
When you eat that much… And it’s not
that I’m eating a lot– -Right.
-I am eating a lot– but I’m eating a lot
of all these different things. -Yes. -So then your stomach
starts to feel a bit murky at the end of the day,
so when I come out of Top Chef, I just want the plainest,
simplest, cleanest food, -Right. -a lot of salads,
a lot of vinegar, you know? Just something that,
like, takes you away. Because the food
is really amazing, and I… you-you’ve…
become associated with… delicious food
all around the world. -I mean, because of the books
you’ve written, -Yeah. because of the shows
that you’ve done. Do you have a favorite food?
Is, like, is there something where you go like, “That
is what I look forward to”? Or are you
just sick of food now? -I mean… No,
I’m not sick of food. -Okay. I mean, I think that’s why I’m
uniquely qualified to do my job. -Right. -You know,
I have an endless appetite and a curiosity, and, um… I genuinely like simple things,
like fried chicken– that-that would be
a nice treat– -Right. -or I would have,
like, just lentils and rice. It’s very boring,
but it’s my comfort food. Um, I just like sometimes
a toast with peanut butter. I’m in that, like,
weird kick now -Yeah.
-but I have to stop eating it, ’cause pomegranate season
is over. I’ve got a lot of sh…
for that, -so…
-You-you… you’ve, uh, you-you’ve created
quite a stir online, because you’ve started
this trend on your Instagram of, um, just eating food… dare I say,
extremely seductively. -Um…
-(laughter) Oh, no, no, you judge me. Watch the video,
and then you t… Watch. Here’s-here’s one of the videos, -and you tell me what you think.
-Okay. (crunching) PADMA (laughs):
Yes, very seductive. That’s…
and that’s-that’s ASMR. -That’s what that is, right?
-Well, you know, it’s interesting,
because I was online and we stumbled on it,
and I thought, “Is this really true?” And you see these people
opening and closing bags -Yes. Just making sounds.
-or cutting soap -Right.
-or-or eating fried chicken. And like I said, I was… I had been
on this pomegranate toast kick, and, you know,
it’s very crunchy. We started it because I was
too busy to have a proper lunch, and I made a quick sandwich,
and I was sitting at a table, and someone in my office
just filmed me doing it. -And then… -That person’s
creepy, by the way. (laughter) She’s young and very innovative. Um, but anyway,
so, like, we just… we didn’t even put it
on the feed– we put it in stories,
and it just… people were
really entranced by it. I mean, I think
one of the reasons… one of the many reasons
people like Top Chef is because they like
to watch the eating, they like to live vicariously
through me and Tom and Gail and… and Graham. So I think that has a lot
to do with it. I just don’t understand
the rest of it, -but I don’t…
-(laughter) I think it’s funny,
I really do. I mean, I think– also,
people recognize my voice. Like, sometimes,
I’ll be in a restaurant with someone behind me
and they won’t have seen me, but they’ll hear my voice–
especially ordering– -and they’re used to me talking
about food -I can imagine. in a very specific, elaborate,
you know, way, and so… Do you throw people off
in restaurants? Like, do you feel the hustle and bustle change
when you walk in? Because I would be intimidated
if I was a chef or worked inn a restaurant, and
then Padma Lakshmi walks in, and I would just be like,
“It’s a test. It’s a test. It’s a test.” -Do you feel that, or is
everyone just like…? -No. -Th… -No. I mean,
I-I get treated very well, -as you would expect
at restaurants. -Right. And, you know, usually,
they know I’m coming, but I don’t, I don’t–
because I’m not judging them. -You know, I’m in their
restaurant. -Yes. What is hard, and I know it’s
a high-class problem, but is that they send a bunch
of things from the kitchen, -like little gifts,
-That you didn’t order. -that I didn’t order. And…
-Ah, compliments of the chef. -That’s what they say. -Yeah,
which is really nice, except now I feel, you know,
I have to eat it ’cause I don’t want to hurt
anyone’s feelings. And I really did want
to eat light, -especially if I’ve just come
off Top Chef, you know? -Right. -But, as I said…
-You should make it– Instead of feeling bad and
eating it, if you don’t want to eat it, you just pull,
like, a judge-y move. So you should get the food
and then be like, “I like your presentation
but I feel like the display doesn’t match the flavors
and the…” Just do something like that,
and they’ll be like, “We–” -Yes. You see? -The plating
doesn’t warrant a taste. -The plating doesn’t warrant
a taste. -Exactly. And then they’ll be like,
“I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.” Um, your food has taken you
around the world. -The food that you love comes
from around the world. -Mm-hmm. You’ve always talked
about how food -can connect us
as human beings. -Yeah. And now, you’ve taken on
a-a new role as an ACLU ambassador,
which is really amazing. You’re focusing on immigration -and women’s
reproductive rights. -Yeah. These are really powerful issues
that are close to your heart. And you travel speaking
about that, and now you’re going to be
taking on that role. What is your goal? What do you
hope to achieve in this role? Well, I’ve been working
with the ACLU in this capacity for three years,
but, I mean, now, I’m also starting to work
with the UN. So the goodwill ambassadorship
is a direct outcome, I think, of working
with the ACLU and speaking out
about immigration. It’s a issue that–
It’s an issue that’s very close to my heart, You know, I’m an immigrant. I really came here with my
mother much like these people at the border,
with hardly anything. And what you have to understand,
is that if a parent takes a child on a dangerous journey,
puts them on their back, is willing to walk
across deserts, that’s because
the place they’re leaving is worse and more dangerous. And I just think
we have plenty to share. And if you look
at all the contributions that immigrants have made, you’re basically looking
at what America is today, in whole, full stop. (cheering and applause) The, um… There’s no crisis.
There’s no crisis. The only crisis is that we have
a lunatic with a lot of power. -(laughs) -That is the…
that is the only crisis. (applause) He also eats
his steak well-done, just so you know. -I’m not surprised.
-I mean… not that you needed
another reason -to call him a lunatic, but yes.
-Probably… -probably with ketchup, as well.
-Oh, yes, he does. -Really?!
-No, yes. -(laughs) -No, that…
Oh, you didn’t know that? -I’m trying not to pay attention
to him so much. -No, really. He eats his steak well-done
with ketchup. For real. -Really? -That’s a real, real
thing that the president does. -Yeah. That’s, uh…
-(laughter) Um, before I let you go, let-let’s talk a little bit
about some other causes -that are close to your heart.
-Mm-hmm. One of the genuinely, um… it was provocative,
heartbreaking and brave moments that I witnessed
was, um, when you came out– and it was really tied
to the #MeToo movement in and around
the Brett Kavanaugh, uh… you know,
the confirmation hearings. You-you wrote an op-ed
in The New York Times talking about your #MeToo story, your story
of being ashamed to come out and your having to face, -you know, what many women face
in the world. -Mm-hmm. Why do you think
it’s so important to share those stories now, and what do you think
we could be doing better to enable other women
to tell those stories to try and eradicate the scourge of what the #MeToo movement
is fighting against? I think we really have
to support our victims. Whether, you know,
they wind up being… the perpetrator
winds up being guilty or not, it doesn’t matter.
You know, there’s… I don’t know any person,
any woman who would come forward and-and say, “I…
You know, this happened to me” if it wasn’t true because the trauma
that you go through after you report
is quite substantial. And I had nothing to gain and even more pain,
you know, to experience -if I had spoken up at 16.
-Right. And I think if I had been
in a different climate, I would have felt able
to come out. And I had every sign
from, um, all around me that I shouldn’t speak up. But now I’m in
a different moment in my life. I’m at peace. I’m serene. I’m strong. I’m not a child. And the world is different, and so I have
to act accordingly. I hope that me speaking
about it, even though the outcome of that
hearing was as… as we know, I hope that other young women
will be able to come out. -I hope we’ll be able to take
the shame out of it. -Mm-hmm. And, you know,
I wanted to speak about it because I think there are
millions of women like me who never reported. And it’s not because
it wasn’t so bad. It’s because it was so bad. -That’s why.
-(applause) Thank you again so much
for being on the show. -You’re very welcome.
-Wonderful having you. The season finale of Top Chef airs March 14 at 9:30 p.m.
on Bravo. Padma Lakshmi, everybody.

100 thoughts on “Padma Lakshmi – Savoring Life as a “Top Chef” Host & Fighting for Human Rights | The Daily Show”

  1. People lie all the time padma.
    There was a woman in college not too long ago who got in trouble for that. Jussie smolet did too.

  2. Love the show, I'm happy you're using your platform to help empower and humanize immigrants, and you're probably a great person overall. But you leave ma boi ketchup alone! He did nothing wrong! Elitist cookin-a$$ [email protected]#&$a!

  3. If Padma Lakshmi is watching this , and heya congratulations and rock on , love this show , thanks by the way for a amazing video by you both guys !

  4. yess……… How can an Indian {or Indian origin} person deny "daal- chawal" {lentils and rice} to be his favorite food… 9:29

  5. What does she mean "if the perpetrator winds up being guilty or not"???!!!!!! If someone isn't guilty than don't accuse them! I hope she phrased that wrong… Otherwise she just condoned women making false claims.

  6. 100/100 for pronouncing ‘PadmaLakshmi’ correctly. Now you all need to focus on ‘Tulsi’ and ‘Kamala’. Hint: All the vowels are short.

  7. I love how Trevor holds her hand and puts his other palm on top of hers to give her comfort and shows a sign of respect after she spoke about her metoo moment. He’s such a genuine person and a kind soul.

  8. It may not be the best idea to believe that any person who reports a #MeToo experience tells the truth. Especially within relationships it often is not as simple as looking at the suffering of just one. There are cases where people were wrongly accused and managed to win legally while their careers were destroyed (e.g. Juergen Kachelman, Germany). Even if this is not the norm and most of them who speak up tell the truth, we cannot just demand to believe everyone who speaks up. The problem is social media and the focused attention it often puts on wrong viewing angles. The arab-spring was not a real thing. Also I believe that a lot of hate in social media isn't real. It is wrong to slander but it is also wrong to cling to the wish to be free from slander of others towards oneself. If you get angry and frustrated, think once that the real enemy may be your own anger. How can you defeat your real enemy?
    If you think that it is possible to legally get at an attacker, you should try the legal route. If you think it may be beneficial to publicly speak out against an attacker, also that may be good. But please make sure to know that it isn't your anger that makes you do it.

  9. Maybe it's because I'm a straight woman, but I didn't find that scene of her eating the pomagranate toast sensual, seductive or ASMR. It wasn't unpleasant, bad-sounding to my ears, I just didn't like it either. Sorry, Trevor, I was indifferent to that.

  10. Yes, she’s right, that’s (immigrants) what America is and what makes it special… except for the CEOs and career politicians; they’re mostly all privileged white men and they think that THEY are what makes America what it is (well, they make all that’s wrong with America).

  11. Don't let her appearance distract you from the fact that she is 48 years old. Those are some body and health goals right there. My goodness. She is awesome.

  12. The way she talks, she could be like, ''You're a little bi*ch,'' and I would be blushing like, ''OMG how did you know???!!!!''

  13. There are tons of women who do raise false rape cases and the conviction rate is less than 15% in most of the western world. Its also the reason why local police take rape cases so casually and why 90% of sexually abused and raped women never come forward in western countries. So, it does matter when these women raise fake complaints against men they simply don't like for their own benefit. It brings down the overall system.

  14. Yea – uh – Gandhi was a racist fuck when it came to Black South Africans, so…not something I'd brag about, lady. And Trevor, I know you know that, but you still let her get away with the 'thank you' comment.

  15. Listen very carefully what she said at 7:51 "I think we really have to support our victims" (It's true)
    "Whether the perpetrator winds up being guilty or not … It doesn't matter " (Wait, what ?) and then she switch it up with "I don't know any person, any woman who would come forward …." That doesn't make any senses, drop some senses so this world would make senses don't go out and attack innocent people for the sake of "I don't know any person blablabla … People lie and that need be taken seriously.

  16. Another fascinating and ever so respectful interview with Trevor Noah. I hadn't payed much attention to Padma Lakshmi. Now she is definitely on my radar. Such a brilliant star she is.

  17. South Africa does not have the largest Indian community outside India. There are less than million of Indian origin. The USA , UK and the gulf countries have much more .

  18. Padma is a BRAHMIN woman from India. India is an extremely diverse country. It's like the microcosm of the world. The Indian population is a result of various ethnic groups viz, the original out-of-Africa immigrants, Iranian farmers (who formed the Indus valley civilization), and steppe immigrants (the original Aryans who came with Rig Veda and whose culture forms the basis of high culture /philosophical Hinduism) .Over 5000 years intermixing happened to various degrees, the Aryans to stop the intermixing further came up with the "caste" system and STRICT endogamous marriages (if you read ancient Sanskrit scriptures like Manu Smirti it's like Jim Crow on steroids. the rules are laid down re: how lower castes are not supposed to look at upper castes) which continues in India to this day. The higher the caste you are , the higher the steppe gene component in you. Padma is from the highest caste –Brahmin. The brahmins have the highest steppe/Aryan component in Indian subcontinent. I'll give you another example, Mindy Kaling, she is a lower caste or Tamil ethnic group. That's why she looks the way she does. One wouldn't believe Padma and Mindy are from the same country.

  19. Well, that wasn't so hard. Was it? To be nice to Indians. Thank God , he tried to be nice to Padma and didn't mess up like in the episode of Lily Singh.

  20. 2 things…I love that she used the word: Full stop in place of a "Period"
    And amazing causes to fight for!

  21. Gm edagdwg thanks for sharing love you as a person a fan how do you feel about eating meat Linda j ☮️❤️ ❤️💯 💯💯 💯

  22. These are list of countries outside of India with the highest Indian population.
    1.Nepal with 4 million of 14.7% Indian population.
    2.Saudi Arabia with 3 million of 9.8% Indian population.
    3.Malaysia with 2.4 million of 8.7% Indian population

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