Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Birthplace: 
Chennai, India
Birthday: 
September 01

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About

Padma Lakshmi is the host of Bravo's Top Chef, introducing the challenges to the contestants each week and presiding over the judge's table.

Lakshmi established herself as a food expert early on in her career, having hosted two successful cooking shows and written two cookbooks.

She hosted Padma's Passport where she cooked diverse cuisine from around the world, and the documentary series Planet Food (broadcast on the Food Network and worldwide on the Discovery Channel), in which she journeyed to countries including Spain and India. Plus, Laksmi has hosted highly-rated Italian program, Dominica In.

The culinary television mainstay has also served as a contributing editor to American VogueGourmet and British and American Harper's Bazaar.

On the acting end, Lakshmi appeared as Princess Bithia in ABC's mini-series The Ten Commandments, starred in the two-part mini-series Sharpe's Challenge opposite Sean Bean and guest-starred on 30 Rock. She may also be seen in the Paul Mayeda Berges film Mistress of Spices, among other credits.

A savvy businesswoman, she also owns 2 companies: her jewelry line, the Padma Collection, which has sold at retailers nationwide and secondly, Easy Exotic, a culinary product line. Easy Exotic features fine teas and teapots, high-quality natural spice blends, roasting rubs and sea salts, as well as hard goods.

Originally known as the first internationally successful Indian supermodel, Lakshmi began modeling while studying abroad in Spain via the exhange student program at Clark University, from which she earned a Bachelor's degree with honors in Theater Arts.

 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

7 Nominations No Emmys

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - 2018

  • Nominee
  • Padma Lakshmi, Executive Producer
  • Top Chef
  • Bravo
  • Magical Elves

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - 2017

  • Nominee
  • Padma Lakshmi, Executive Producer
  • Top Chef
  • Bravo
  • Magical Elves

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - 2016

  • Nominee
  • Padma Lakshmi, Executive Producer
  • Top Chef
  • Bravo
  • Magical Elves

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - 2015

  • Nominee
  • Padma Lakshmi, Executive Producer
  • Top Chef
  • Bravo
  • Magical Elves for Bravo

Outstanding Reality-competition Program - 2014

  • Nominee
  • Padma Lakshmi, Executive Producer
  • Top Chef
  • Bravo

Outstanding Reality-competition Program - 2007

  • Nominee
  • Padma Lakshmi, Host
  • Top Chef
  • Bravo
  • Magical Elves

Photos

  • Padma Lakshmi at the 70th Emmys Governors Ball.

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  • Padma Lakshmi on the red carpet at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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  • Padma Lakshmi at the 2018 Creative Arts Ball. 

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  • Padma Lakshmi and Derek Hough present an award at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys. 

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  • Padma Lakshmi on the red carpet at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • Padma Lakshmi and Adam Dell at the 69th Emmy Awards Governors Ball. 

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  • Padma Lakshmi on the red carpet at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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  • Padma Lakshmi on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys. 

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  • Padma Lakshmi on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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  • Padma Lakshmi on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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  • Padma Lakshmi on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.  

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  • Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef at the 66th Emmys Governors Ball.

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  • Padma Lakshmi arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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  • Padma Lakshmi on the Red Carpet at the 65th Emmys
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  • Creative Arts Emmys 2012: The Show
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  • Creative Arts Emmys 2012: Backstage
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  • Creative Arts Emmys 2012: Backstage
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  • Creative Arts Emmys 2012: Governors Ball
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  • Creative Arts Emmys 2012: Red Carpet
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  • Creative Arts Emmys 2012: Red Carpet
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  • Padma Lakshmi arrives at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
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  • Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons pose in the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia
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  • Padma Lakshmi poses in the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia
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  • Padma Lakshmi poses in the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles
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  • (L-R) Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Christopher Meloni at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre
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  • Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre
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  • TV personality Padma Lakshmi and producer Dan Cutforth (C) and the cast and crew of Top Chef accept an award onstage at the 62nd
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