The show enters its twelfth season in Boston with a whole new round of cheftestants.Along with Lakshmi, will be judges Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio and new judge Richard Blais, who is a former contestant from the series.“There are some real tell-tales right away,” he said. Arts & Leisure Weekend event, also featuring Eric Ripert and Gail Simmons.Page Six was the first news source to report that Richard Gere and Lakshmi were dating in April 2014.The two were supposedly keeping their relationship quiet because Gere is currently divorcing his wife of 11 years, Carey Lowell. News reported yesterday that the couple have called it quits, deciding that friendship would be a better route for them.
The judges had plenty to say about the contestants, too.
They’re all proud of Herold Dieterle and Perilla, especially, Gail explained, because he stayed true to the concept he wanted before, during, and after the course of the show.
And, like the audience, they all loved Kevin from season six.
Padma suggested watching the top of Colicchio’s pate — astute viewers will notice a shiny red glow growing as the debate rages on.
Judges’ table can last for as long as five hours, said Gail. Judging the finale lasts even longer (Eric Ripert almost missed his flight out of Aspen in season three), because the winner must be a unanimous decision.