Padma Lakshmi
Indian actor
Padma Lakshmi
Padma Parvati Lakshmi 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.
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Celebrities Join Women's Marches Around The World In Solidarity
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Front Burner: Two Books Unlock the Secrets of Spice
NYTimes - 4 months
The television personality Padma Lakshmi and the spice purveyor Lior Lev Sercarz have published books on seasonings.
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Padma Lakshmi proves moms can be sexy too
Fox News - 5 months
Padma Lakshmi is out to prove that moms can be sexy.
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Padma Lakshmi explains why she left her knives packed when writing 'Love, Loss, and What We Ate'
LATimes - 11 months
If you ever happen to interview Padma Lakshmi, do yourself a favor and let her pick the location. That way, you might just find yourself enjoying a piping hot plate of spicy orecchiette at an unassuming East Village trattoria while the former model converses in fluent Italian with the restaurant's...
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Untold South Asian Stories at IAAC Literary Festival in New York
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), did not sleep much last month - though she seldom does. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), welcomes attendees. Photo: Shashwat Gupta. Perhaps because throughout the year she coordinates the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance (EB Dance), Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora (EB Art), and the IAAC Playwrights Festival! Madhur Jaffrey is the author of many previous cookbooks, six of which have won the James Beard Award. She was also named to the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation. Photo: Sangeeta Jain. Last month, the IAAC concluded its highly successful Second Annual Literary Festival - this year in collaboration with the English Department of Hunter College on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The Lit Fest showcas ...
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Pentagon Maps New Mobilization---of Military Chefs
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
Celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi is joining forces with the Pentagon to develop a spinoff of the hit show “Top Chef” in an attempt to rebrand America’s military meals.
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Padma Lakshmi on the Lure of India
Wall Street Journal - about 2 years
The TV host and cookbook author tells of a childhood split between an Indian town and New York’s Upper East Side
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‘Duck Dynasty’ Recap: Willie & Jase Robertson Throw Down
Hollywood Life - about 3 years
One thing you never do is criticize another man’s burger. The ‘Duck Dynasty’ bros had mad beef on Feb. 5 and had to settle it the old fashioned way — with a Deep South cook-off! Because the guys of Duck Dynasty have conquered the world, they only have themselves to turn on now. It started on Feb. 5, when Willie and Jase Robertson took their sibling rivalry up a notch by going all Top Chef and challenging each other to a cook-off. And with the boys doing their best Emeril impressions and Uncle Si becoming Padma Lakshmi, this episode was full of memorable quotes. Here are my favorite ones. ‘Duck Dynasty’ Season 5 Episode 5: The 5 Best Quotes “If I had this thing in high school — you talk about doin’ some math!” – Si Robertson Uncle Si was talking about the benefits of his digital wristwatch of course but WAIT – Si went to high school!?!?!? ‘Duck Dynasty’ Drama “Just because I don’t eat as many, doesn’t mean I don’t know how to cook better.” – Jase Robertson Flawless l ...
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Padma Lakshmi on <i>Top Chef</i>, Beauty, and Her New Orleans "Picks"
Huffington Post - about 3 years
What do you do when Top Chef Season 11 is a wrap and you're hungry for more? Log on to Bravo and check out Padma's Picks, and get to know more of New Orleans with Padma as your guide. "On Top Chef," said Padma, "we don't have time to really show the audience a city. What I love about Padma's Picks is that I could do that. I connected with local experts who guided me through the city, and there's no better way to get to know any city than through the locals." The brain child of Bravo, Padma's Picks is a web series hosted by Lakshmi, with a laid-back but in-depth look into the New Orleans culinary scene. The show gave Padma a format to get to explore the city, something she loves to do but usually can't. "When I'm filming Top Chef I don't go out much, for a couple reasons. One is that we work very long hours and I'm tired, so when I'm done with work I really want to spend time with my daughter. The other reason is I eat so much on set that I don't really get to discover a lot of t ...
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This Is NOT the Candy Land of Your Childhood
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Well, she's been asking for Candy Land," said Darlene. My heart lifted. It's a rare thing these days when a 5-year-old forgoes wheedling for an iPad or clutching at the latest hand-held gaming device in exchange for the good, old-fashioned fun of a board game like Candy Land. My childhood set was decimated by hours of play. The box resembled something pulled from tornado wreckage: Cards bearing chew marks and crayon scrawls and more than one little cardboard figurine an armless, headless relic. I was all too happy to buy the game as a Christmas gift for my cousin's daughter. A couple of precious days before the holiday sent me careening into Target along with everyone else on the planet. A gal on a mission, I bee-lined for the game section. After scanning the ransacked shelves without any luck, I accosted a red-shirted teenager who looked like he was seriously regretting his choice not to work on his uncle's fishing boat in Alaska. He steered me in the direction of an end cap a few ...
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NYU Expansion Plan Criticized By Celebrities
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Since its announcement three years ago, New York University's $6 billion proposal to expand the institution's reach by 2031 has been met with heavy criticism. Almost immediately, a myriad of organizations, including the NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, began filing lawsuits to block the massive university from overwhelming the Village even further. Among those outraged by the initiative is life-long New York resident Matthew Broderick, who spoke against the plan in front of City Council last summer. Now even more celebrities are coming to the Village's defense. Celebrities like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Padma Lakshmi, John Leguizamo, Philip Glass and Fran Lebowitz have partnered with NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan for an auction to raise money for the legal action against the university's expansion plan. Items for the auction were donated by the celebs and include a two-hour acting lesson with Hoffman, lunch with ...
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Terrence Howard Throws Shade at Iron Man Star, Hints Robert Downey Jr. "Pushed Him Out" of Sequels
US Magazine - over 3 years
Drama, drama, drama. Terrence Howard spilled all kinds of secrets on the Nov. 14 episode of Watch What Happens Live, including -- but not limited to -- what really went down between the first and second Iron Man movies, when he was replaced as Lt. Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes by Don Cheadle. "This is going to get me in a lot of trouble," the Best Man Holiday actor told Bravo's Andy Cohen. "It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second [movie], took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out." PHOTOS: The biggest celeb feuds ever Howard, 44, didn't name names, but the person who became Iron Man, of course, is Robert Downey Jr. "We did a three-picture deal, so that means that you did the deal ahead of time. It was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second one, a certain amount for the third," the Oscar nominee explained to Cohen. "They came to me with the second and sa ...
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On the Culture Front: Celebrity Charades, <i>Arguendo</i>, <i>All the Way</i>, Eric Bogosian and more
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Labyrinth Theater Company put on Celebrity Charades, their whimsical annual benefit last week. As the name would suggest, the evening was an all-star lineup assembled into teams to play the age-old theatrical party game. Players included Richard Kind, Josh Charles and Zoe Kazan who blazed through movies, television shows, songs and plays often in mere seconds to edge each other out for the final prize. The space at Capitale where it was held is hardly intimate but there were moments when the event felt like a tiny glimpse into what it would be like to have a dinner party with Bobby Cannavale, Padma Lakshmi or Amanda Seyfried. Legendary monologist and playwright Eric Bogosian was also in attendance though sadly did not participate in the charades. I was lucky enough to see him the previous week reading monologues from his shows "Sex, Drugs, Rock &amp; Roll," "Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead" and "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" -- which I saw in high school at the now d ...
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See What These Worst-Dressed Stars Wore This Week (And Don't Try It At Home)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On this week's worst-dressed list, many stars picked very unflattering fabrics. Courteney Cox flopped in an ill-fitting silk dress, while Gwen Stefani picked a material that made reminded us of Christmas tree tinsel. Things took an even more turn for the worse on the red carpet, as Octavia Spencer struggled with finding the proper fit and actress Anna Kendrick chose a dress that had way too much going on. Check out our picks for worst-dressed of the week and let us know if you agree. Lily Allen There is way too much volume in this outfit. The pouffy sleeves, combined with the voluminous skirt, are making Allen appear much bigger than she is. Evangeline Lily Separately these pieces could have worked, but together they are flashy. It looks like she is auditioning for "A Night at the Roxbury." Suzanne Somers This material (and mustard color) is all kinds of unflattering. Somers' skin, hair and dress are all blending together, hardly doing the actress any favors. Co ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Padma Lakshmi
  • 2016
    Age 45
    Her first memoir, entitled "Love, Loss and What We Ate," was released on International's Women's Day, March 8, 2016.
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    Her debut memoir Love, Loss and What We Ate was released on International Women's Day, March 8, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan was born in Chennai, India. Her father was a Pfizer executive, and her mother, Vijaya, is a retired nurse who specialized in oncology. Her parents divorced when she was 2, and both parents later remarried. Lakshmi is her mother's only child, but she has a younger paternal half-brother and half-sister. The latter formerly worked as an actress and classical dancer but is now pursuing a career working with children with special needs. In an interview in The Guardian, Lakshmi said, "My father had quit his job as an executive at Pfizer to manage her career. That was kind of like rubbing salt in the wound. I didn't understand why he wanted that relationship with her, and not with me." Lakshmi's mother moved to the United States to escape the stigma of divorce in India. She grew up shuttling between her grandparents in Chennai and her mother in New York. Her native tongue is Tamil, her parents being Tamil Brahmin Iyers, and claims Kerala as her family's ancestral home.
  • 2009
    Age 38
    In 2009, Lakshmi starred in the Eels music video for the song "That Look You Give That Guy," playing the love interest of Mark Oliver Everett.
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    Lakshmi launched her first line of jewelry in 2009 entitled "Padma," which consisted of forty pieces.
    More Details Hide Details Lakshmi also has two tableware collections. The first, entitled "The Padma Collection," is a line of elegant dinnerware composed of Moroccan ceramics and Turkish glass. The second is a line of more casual kitchenware called Easy Exotic. Under the Easy Exotic brand, Padma also has a line of specialty spices and teas, which were sold on HSN, as well as a line of organic frozen rices, which can be purchased at most major grocery stores. Lakshmi had a syndicated column in The New York Times and has written articles on style for the American edition of Vogue magazine, at Anna Wintour's request. She also wrote a column on style for Harper's Bazaar (in the UK and US), following a commission from Editor Glenda Bailey.
    Lakshmi was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2009 for Top Chef.
    More Details Hide Details The show won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2010. Lakshmi also serves as an Executive Producer of the show.
    Lakshmi also made a guest appearance on the NBC series 30 Rock in 2009, and appeared on Whose Line Is It Anyway? in 2014.
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    Lakshmi also posed nude for the May 2009 issue of Allure magazine.
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  • 2006
    Age 35
    She currently serves as the host and one of the judges on the television show Top Chef, having joined in 2006 during its second season.
    More Details Hide Details Top Chef was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2007.
    In 2006, Lakshmi appeared in ABC's TV series The Ten Commandments with Dougray Scott, Naveen Andrews, and Omar Sharif.
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  • 2004
    Age 33
    On April 17, 2004, Lakshmi married the novelist Salman Rushdie, after living together for three years. Rushdie dedicated his novel Fury to her. On July 2, 2007, the couple filed for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details Lakshmi has one daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, with venture capitalist Adam Dell, brother of Michael Dell. She was also in a relationship with Teddy Forstmann, the late Chairman and former CEO of IMG. At age 36, Lakshmi was diagnosed with a chronic disease called endometriosis, which she has suffered from since early adolescence. As Lisa Goldstein reported at, the disease causes Lakshmi is a co-founder of The Endometriosis Foundation of America, which is a nonprofit organization focused on increasing awareness, education, research, and legislative advocacy against the disease. The EFA was instrumental in the opening of the MIT center for Gynepathology research, where Lakshmi gave the keynote address. She is a global ambassador for Keep a Child Alive, and since 2007 has traveled to KCA sites in India on their behalf. She is also a strong advocate for women's rights.
    Lakshmi portrayed Sean Bean's nemesis Madhuvanthi in the 2004–2005 TV series Sharpe's Challenge.
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  • 2002
    Age 31
    In 2002, she made a guest appearance as alien princess Kaitaama in "Precious Cargo," the 37th episode of the science fiction TV series Star Trek: Enterprise.
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  • 2001
    Age 30
    She had a comical supporting role as the lip synching disco singer Sylk in the 2001 American movie Glitter, starring Mariah Carey.
    More Details Hide Details Lakshmi starred in the 2003 film Boom as Shiela Bardez, one of a trio of super models accused of stealing diamonds. She played the role of Geeta in Paul Mayeda Berges' 2005 film The Mistress of Spices.
  • 1999
    Age 28
    Lakshmi's first role was in an Italian murder mystery Il figlio di Sandokan and her subsequent role in Caraibi (Pirates: Blood Brothers), a costume drama about 17th-century pirates got Lakshmi hooked on acting in 1999.
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    Her first cookbook Easy Exotic, a compilation of international recipes and short essays, was awarded Best First Book at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards at Versailles.
    More Details Hide Details She hosted the Food Network series Padma's Passport, which was part of the larger series Melting Pot in 2001, where Lakshmi cooked recipes from around the world. She also hosted two one-hour specials on South India and Spain for the British culinary tourism show Planet Food, broadcast on the Food Network in the U.S. and internationally on the Discovery Channels. Her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet, was released on October 2, 2007.
    Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1992
    Age 21
    Lakshmi graduated from Workman High School in the City of Industry, California. She is a 1992 graduate of Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she received a BA with Honors, in Theatre Arts.
    More Details Hide Details During her time in school, she chose to study abroad in Madrid, which is where her modeling career began. She speaks English, Tamil, Hindi, Italian and Spanish. Lakshmi's modeling career began at age 21 while studying abroad in Madrid, when she was discovered by an agent one afternoon while sitting in a café. As she has stated, "I was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York. I'm the first one to admit that I was a novelty." Lakshmi was able to pay off her college loans by working as a model and actress. She has modeled for top designers such as Emanuel Ungaro, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren, and Alberta Ferretti and has appeared in ad campaigns for Roberto Cavalli and Versus. She was a favorite model of the photographer Helmut Newton, whose photographs of her often highlighted the large scar on her right arm. After Newton's endorsement of Lakshmi, she was increasingly sought after by other major photographers and designers.
  • 1984
    Age 13
    In 1984, when she was 14 years old, Lakshmi was hospitalized for three weeks, eventually diagnosed with Stevens–Johnson syndrome, which is caused by hypersensitivity to an infection or certain kinds of medications.
    More Details Hide Details Two days after her discharge from the hospital, she was in a car accident in Malibu, California, which left her with a fractured right hip and a shattered right upper arm. The injury to her arm required surgery, which left her with a 7-inch scar between her elbow and shoulder. As a teenager growing up in Los Angeles, Lakshmi was bullied and endured racial taunts from classmates, which caused her to struggle to overcome "internalized self-loathing."
  • 1970
    Born on September 1, 1970.
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