By Jennifer Davis
Updated Oct 19, 2012 @ 10:00 am
Credit: Courtesy NBC

Sharpen your knives, season 10 of Top Chef returns in three short weeks, and we caught up with host Padma Lakshmi to get some scoop on the upcoming season. “It’s amazing!” Lakshmi told at last night's "Connecting the Dots" exhibition opening in New York City. “The women are really strong.” With a male winner last season, does this hint to a female champ? Her lips are sealed, but we hope so! Tune in for the season premiere of Top Chef: Seattle, Wednesday, November 7th at 10/9c on Bravo.

Plus, see Padma’s transformation!