Having Top Chef television personality and sometime vegetarian Padma Lakshmivisit their tiny mall carry-out restaurant The Veggie Grill in LA, proved to be both a blessing and a curse for the chef. Padma, who has written several cookbooks, selected the “All Hail Kale Salad” at $8.45 from the menu, but she wanted it prepared exactly to her specification. She wanted fresh kale, not marinated kale, cabbage, fresh corn, but no corn salsa and no tomatoes, extra walnuts, and the LA mantra “dressing on the side.” The chef aimed to please – he labored to fulfill her every desire and other customers had to wait longer for their orders, but no one cared because they were all thrilled to see the glamorous former model. And yes, she thanked them profusely.
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