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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Four Boston Teamsters acquitted of 'Top Chef' extortion plot - 6 months
BOSTON (Reuters) - Four Teamsters union members in Boston were acquitted on Tuesday of charges they tried to extort jobs from a production company filming "Top Chef" in 2014, using thuggish tactics that included threatening host Padma Lakshmi.
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Trial of Teamsters accused of 'Top Chef' extortion plot wraps up
Yahoo News - 7 months
By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor on Thursday urged jurors in Boston to convict four Teamsters union members charged with trying in 2014 to extort jobs from a production company filming "Top Chef" through tactics that included threatening host Padma Lakshmi. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina Barclay told the federal jury in her closing argument that the Teamsters threatened the Bravo network cooking competition show's cast and crew, with one telling Lakshmi he would "bash her pretty little face in." Barclay said the Teamsters during a shoot in the suburb of Milton yelled racist and homophobic slurs, slashed tires and threatened to shut down filming to secure wages for unnecessary services from the non-union production.
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'Top Chef' host 'paralyzed with fear' by Teamsters: prosecutor
Yahoo News - 7 months
Four Teamsters union members threatened violence and shouted slurs to extort jobs from a production company filming "Top Chef" around the Boston area in 2014, leaving host Padma Lakshmi "paralyzed with fear," a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Kaplan told jurors in Boston federal court that the Teamsters members went beyond the legitimate right of unions to protest by trying to secure paid jobs for work the non-union company did not need. Defense lawyers said the men, John Fidler, Daniel Redmond, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross, were legally picketing outside the restaurant where "Top Chef" was filming as Teamsters Local 25 sought to negotiate jobs for its members.
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Padma Lakshmi Announces the World’s Best City
Yahoo News - 8 months
Few people know travel quite like Padma Lakshmi, the entrepreneur, model, author, and Top Chef host. After all, she’s on the road several times a month.
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Padma Lakshmi shares bikini pic, embraces 'getting thicker' while filming 'Top Chef'
Fox News - 9 months
The 46-year-old model doesn't mind her hips getting a little 'rounder.'....
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29 Inspiring Books About Immigration The New York Public Library Thinks You Should Read
Huffington Post - 10 months
No week is the wrong week to dive into good books by or about migrants and immigrants. During a time of heightened scrutiny and inflammatory rhetoric directed at immigrants in the United States, these stories have never been more valuable.  This may be the exact right week to read an migration or immigration narrative, though: It’s New York City’s annual Immigrant Heritage Week, and to celebrate, the New York Public Library’s Elizabeth Waters posted a fantastic list of NYC-based immigration books, both fiction and non-fiction, worth checking out. (The NYPL is also throwing a number of free events in honor of the week, for New York readers.) It’s easy for some to see immigrants as threatening outsiders who are encroaching on their resources, jobs and space. But a closer look at the experiences of people who have immigrated or migrated to the United States often shows a more nuanced, humane viewpoint. Immigrants’ novels and memoirs can remind us that they’re simply flesh-and-blo...
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The Nintendo Games That Best Describe President Trump's Cabinet Members
Huffington Post - 11 months
Remember when you were just a wee human, when a simple game like Super Mario Bros. could distract and amuse you for hours and the White House wasn’t a daily s**t show? This administration really has become a challenge to describe, so let’s do it using something we actually like: Nintendo games.  We perused our collection and tried to find the Nintendo games that would be the best fit for the members of Donald Trump’s cabinet. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017  You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit for terms. #StandForRights2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffi...
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Watch Live: #StandForRights To Support The ACLU
Huffington Post - 11 months
WATCH Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm, Tracy Morgan, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Poehler and more of your favorite celebrities team up to entertain you during #StandForRights, a Facebook Live telethon to support the American Civil Liberties Union. Expect incredible performances, hilarious skits and plenty of hijinks. Best of all, it’s for a great cause.  “[It is] the collective will and tireless actions of ‘we the people’ that serve as a bulwark against unconstitutional and wrong-headed policies and executive orders,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a statement. “By supporting our work through this telethon, we can fight even harder to defend the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.” Stand for Rights is produced by Friend of a Friend Productions, in partnership with The Huffington Post, Funny Or Die and Maggie Vision. Ready to give? Text POWER to 20222 to donate $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call to explain other actions you can tak...
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Kirsten Dunst’s Throwback Photos Will Make You Ache For the '90s
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Patrick Stewart Chimes In On Those Kellyanne Conway Comparisons
Huffington Post - 11 months
A photo of actor Patrick Stewart dressed in drag in 2016 lit up social media after people began to draw comparisons between Stewart’s look and that of presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway.  Now Stewart himself is weighing in. The “Star Trek” actor playfully declared “Twinsies” on Twitter on Tuesday while sharing a side-by-side photo of them both sporting hot pink with platinum blond hair and black eye makeup. TWINSIES — Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 28, 2017 Stewart had dressed up like a woman a year ago in Los Angeles to promote his show “Blunt Talk” in April 2016. It took months before someone put his face next to Conway’s on the internet. Now the inevitable conclusion: a fan push for Stewart to play Conway on “SNL.” “SNL” (and “Star Trek”) fans are messaging pleas like “make it so,” or writing that Stewart should “go where no man has gone before.” Of course, Patrick wouldn’t be the first ...
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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.
    Her debut memoir Love, Loss and What We Ate was released on International Women's Day, March 8, 2016.
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  • 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.
    Lakshmi launched her first line of jewelry in 2009 entitled "Padma," which consisted of forty pieces.
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    Lakshmi was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2009 for Top Chef.
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    Lakshmi also made a guest appearance on the NBC series 30 Rock in 2009, and appeared on Whose Line Is It Anyway? in 2014.
    Lakshmi also posed nude for the May 2009 issue of Allure magazine.
  • 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.
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    In 2006, Lakshmi appeared in ABC's TV series The Ten Commandments with Dougray Scott, Naveen Andrews, and Omar Sharif.
  • 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.
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    Lakshmi portrayed Sean Bean's nemesis Madhuvanthi in the 2004–2005 TV series Sharpe's Challenge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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    Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1970
    Born on September 1, 1970.
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