Eat Out NY began as a collaboration with local New York lifestyle magazine Time Out NY. The series joins Cool in Your Code and New York 360*, as the signature lifestyle programs on NYC TV. In the process, Choi has become a local celebrity. In 2006, the Bravo (television network) briefly entertained the notion of hiring Choi to host Top Chef, replacing Padma Lakshmi, the former wife of writer Salman Rushdie. Industry insiders expect Choi to land a hosting job on the Food Network in 2008 where she has been under heavy consideration since 2006.