Padma Parvati Lakshmi (Tamil pronunciation: [ˈpəd̪mə ˈləkɕmi]; born September 1, 1970) is an Indian-born American author, activist, model, and television host. She has hosted the cooking competition program Top Chef on Bravo continuously since season 2 (2006). For her work, she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Host in 2009 and 2020 through 2022.
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She is also the creator, host, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed  docuseries Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi, which premiered in June 2020 on Hulu and explores the food and culture of immigrant and indigenous communities across America. In 2022, Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition won a James Beard Foundation Award in the Visual Media – Long Form category.
She has published six books: two cookbooks, Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet; an encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs: An Essential Guide to the Flavors of the World; a memoir, Love, Loss, and What We Ate; a children’s book, Tomatoes for Neela illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, and guest-edited The Best American Travel Writing 2021.
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Interview with Padma Lakshmi
If you think Padma Lakshmi’s only place is in the kitchen, you clearly haven’t been paying attention. Sure, the 49-year-old Indian-born American actress, author and activist is best known for her role as host and judge on , but she’s so much more than that.
Padma Lakshmi attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Taste the Nation trailer:
All episodes of #TasteTheNation with Padma Lakshmi premiere June 18, only on Hulu. ABOUT TASTE THE NATION WITH PADMA LAKSHMI In Taste the Nation, award winning cookbook author, host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi, takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today.
Padma Lakshmi’s Essential Indian Spice Guide:
Padma Lakshmi’s known these days for her role as the host of Bravo’s popular Top Chef series. But she’s a skilled chef, too, and in this episode of Savvy, she talks about when to use which Indian spice.
Padma Lakshmi’s memoir: Love, Loss, and What We Ate
A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera – a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.
Padma Lakshmi has an accident on the way home from the hospital that gives her a giant scar on her arm. This story was originally recorded in NYC on June 23, 2010. In the comments below, tell us about a time it wasn’t business as usual.