Celebrity Chef Looks to Highlight Fine Mess

"Top Chef" Padma Lakshmi engaged to develop TV program that showcases culinary talent in the military

“Top Chef” star Padma Lakshmi is joining forces with the Pentagon to develop a spinoff of the hit show to highlight culinary talent in the military, reports the Wall Street Journal. Despite popular stereotypes of "mess hall food" and MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat), the military had been emphasizing culinary training for its chefs and cooks at

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