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Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi testified in a federal trial today and detailed her frightening encounter with angry Teamster union members.
Boston-based Local 25 union members John Fidler, Daniel Redmond, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross are accused of threatening to disrupt the filming of Top Chef if the non-union production company did not agree to hire union laborers, Boston station WCVB reported. The men have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and attempted extortion.
The accusation stems from a confrontation between Teamsters and the show's non-union production company's crew at a Boston-area restaurant where they were filming scenes for the show in 2014.