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Padma Lakshmi

Padma Parvati Lakshmi (pronounced [ˈpəd̪maː ˈpaːrʋət̪iː ˈləkʃmiː]; born September 1, 1970) is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and television host. Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Padma Lakshmi was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in a Iyengar Brahmin family. Her father was a Pfizer executive and her mother Vijaya, the first wife of her father, was a nurse who specialized in suicide prevention. Her mother tongue is Tamil. She grew up shuttling between her grandparents in Chennai and her mother in New York. She is her parents' only child from this marriage. Her parents separated when she was age one. They divorced a year later. Both parents later remarried, and Lakshmi has a younger paternal half-brother and half-sister. The latter formerly worked as an actress and classical dancer

Padma Lakshmi -- 'Top Chef' Host Wins Chilly Competition (PHOTO)

Padma Lakshmi
'Top Chef' Host Wins Chilly Competition

There was a definite nip in the air when Padma Lakshmi arrived at the TIME 100 Gala ... not that a single person complained. If "Top Chef" doesn't work out, she just nailed down a… READ MORE >

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi -- One Hot Bikini Dish

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi
One Hot Bikini Dish

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi proved she can stomach a lot more than just a meal ... and showed off her pipin' hot bod in a baby blue bikini in Miami this weekend.Scrumptious. READ MORE >

- 1595 days ago
Tyra vs. Padma: Who'd You Rather?

Tyra Banks vs. Padma Lakshmi
Who'd You Rather?

"America's Next Top Model" maven Tyra Banks, 38, and "Top Chef" sensation Padma Lakshmi, 41, broke bread at the same event in NYC on Thursday.Question is ...More Who'd you rather? Jennifer… READ MORE >

- 1864 days ago
'Top Chef' Host -- I'm PROUD of Naked Pictures

'Top Chef' Host:
I'm PROUD of Naked Pictures

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi doesn't regret baring her pregnant body in a nude photo shoot a couple years ago -- claiming the pics are "beautiful" and her young daughter sees them every… READ MORE >

- 2202 days ago
'Top Chef' Star's Baby Daddy: I Want Custody!

'Top Chef' Star's Baby Daddy:
I Want Custody!

The baby daddy of "Top Chef" star Padma Lakshmi has filed legal papers to wrestle custody away from her ... TMZ has learned.Adam Dell -- brother of the computer king -- filed papers today in a… READ MORE >

- 2280 days ago