Edible News Roundup: Padma’s Not a Gold Digger; Obama’s New Chef


Padma: Not a gold digger, and not a star fucker, either

Just in time for this Wednesday’s Top Chef Season 5 premiere, Padma Lakshmi has been all over the news, bouncing around at clubs. Now her friends in India come to her defense, telling a reporter that Lakshmi is not a gold digger. “Just like actors who date other actors are not star fuckers.” Right-O. [One India]

Who will be cooking for the Obama White House? Some are guessing it’ll be Art Smith, the Chicago restaurant owner who was Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef for 10 years, and who cooked for Nancy Pelosi on election night. [NBC Washington]

Australians who want a festive Christmas ham on the table will be paying more than double what they would have last year. In the past 12 months, 40 percent of Australian pig farmers have been pushed out of farming by high grain prices. [The Australian]

In Wales, on the other hand, ham and turkey on the holiday table is in jeopardy because the hygiene inspectors are threatening strike. [Wales Online]

Recession Eats: The double cheeseburger, stalwart of the McDonald’s Dollar Menu, is losing a slice of cheese. The new, one-cheesed double burger will be called the “McDouble,” and will remain one dollar. If you just have to have that second slice, the double cheeseburger is going up to $1.19. [Reuters]