"Top Chef" is about to have a very different flavor.
On Friday, June 2, Padma Lakshmi announced that she is leaving the popular Bravo show after 17 years and 19 seasons.
"After much soul searching, I have made the difficult decision to leave Top Chef," the host and judge wrote on Instagram. "Having completed a glorious 20th season as host and executive producer, I am extremely proud to have been part of building such a successful show and the impact it has had in the worlds of television and food."
Padma has been a mainstay on the show since its second season.
"After 17 years, many of the cast and crew are like family to me and I will miss working alongside them dearly. I feel it's time to move on and make space for 'Taste the Nation,' my books and other creative pursuits," she continued.
Hulu's "Taste the Nation" is in its second season.
Padma concluded by thanking supporters of the show.
Following the annoucement, a NBCUniversal spokesperson told People magazine, "Padma Lakshmi leaves behind an incredible legacy on Bravo's 'Top Chef.' Her impact on the Emmy, James Beard and Critics' Choice Award-winning series is undeniable. We are grateful to Padma for being a consummate host, judge and executive producer, and for bringing her ingenuity and exceptional palate to each episode where she ate every bite of food on the series for over 17 years and 19 seasons. She will always be part of the 'Top Chef' and the NBCUniversal family and has a seat at the judges' table anytime."
Many of Padma's celebrity pals weighed in on her shocking news.
"End of an era and an incredible run. You were such an amazing partner and a BRILLIANT host," Andy Cohen commented. "I have such great memories of our TC days."
Buddha Lo, who won season 19 of "Top Chef," wrote, "I feel honored to be a part of your magical journey @padmalakshmi."
Padma's announcement comes just days before the finale of "Top Chef: World All-Stars" is set to air.