AE: Favorite color?
KA: Peacock, like a teal color.
AE: If you could describe your personality as a dish, what would it be?
KA: Something arrabbiata, something fiery and spicy. Kung Pao Chickpeas, something like that. [laughs]
AE: Do you prefer wine, beer, or liquor?
AE: Are you a night owl or a morning person?
KA: I am a night owl.
AE: What is your favorite thing for other people to cook for you?
KA: Anything! God, if anyone would cook me anything, it would be the most thrilling thing! No one cooks for me, ever. [laughs]
AE: That’s so sad! [laughs]
KA: I know, it’s so sad— you feel bad for me, right? Me too! [laughs]
AE: Alright, well, maybe someone will send you something, I don’t know.
AE: [laughs] What is your favorite kitchen tool or gadget?
KA: I mean, I can only pick one?
KA: My chef’s knife.
AE: Your current favorite song?
KA: Oh my god, “Hello,” Adele. Because, like the rest of America and the world, I can’t stop singing it. And I love her. A close second is “Secrets” by Mary Lambert. I sang that for a long time before “Hello” came out.
AE: And lastly, it’s no secret that I love Padma. If you could describe Padma in one word, what would it be?
AE: Oh! That is a good one!
KA: Oh, girl, you have no idea.
AE: Kristen Kish said “intelligently sultry” when I asked her that, which was also a good one, but, wow, “majestic” is a great answer too. I’m going to start collecting Padma descriptions.
KA: Yeah, she is—wow. And I can’t even tell you in real life, it’s even more—you’re like, “Wow, you are a real person. I didn’t know people looked like that and were that tall and amazing.” Yeah, she’s really a phenomenal person.
If you’re in Boston, you can visit Karen at her restaurant, Myers + Chang, or you can catch her on Top Chef when it returns January 7th at 10pm EST (Bravo).