Top Chef, executive producer and co-host Padma Lakshmi brought together a group of All-Star chefs for a fresh set of culinary challenges, taking the show to Italy for the first time, and paying tribute to the late Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold.” data-reactid=”28″>In the latest season of Top Chef, executive producer, and co-host Padma Lakshmi brought together a group of All-Star chefs for a fresh set of culinary challenges, taking the show to Italy for the first time, and paying tribute to the late Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold.