Padma Lakshmi

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Host • Model • Writer • Activist • Actress

Birth Name: Padma Parvati Lakshmi

Birth Date: September 1, 1970

Age: 53 years old

Birth Place: Madras, India

Spouses: Salman Rushdie

Padma Lakshmi was a successful model before gaining fame as the host of the cooking competition show "Top Chef" (Bravo, 2006- ). She was born in India, but moved with her mother and step-father to the United States when she was young. As a Los Angeles teenager, she was in a serious car accident that left her right arm scarred. After earning a theater degree, she was discovered in Madrid, Spain and began modeling. She also began acting periodically, appearing on Italian television and in the Mariah Carey film "Glitter" (2001). She had the chance to join sci-fi lore with a small role in "Star Trek: Enterprise" (UPN, 2001-05). In her birth country, she played a supermodel in "Boom" (2003) and played an Indian-American in "The Mistress of Spices" (2005).

Having previously hosted cooking shows in Italy and on American cable's Food Network, her fortunes changed for the better when she was selected to become the host of "Top Chef" in the show's second season, taking over for Katie Lee. The show, featuring culinary experts including Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain, and Wolfgang Puck, as judges became an international phenomenon. Lakshmi eventually became one of the show's producers beginning in 2010. She also used the exposure to publish multiple cookbooks. Beyond cooking, she was also a contributor to the daytime talk show "The View" (ABC, 1997- ) and made occasional appearances on TV shows like "Royal Pains" (USA Network, 2009-16).

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Who's Talking to Chris Wallace?Stream

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2022

FirebudsStream

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Chef Pavani
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2022

Sherri

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2022

Access Daily With Mario & Kit

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2022

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

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2022

The Good Dish

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2022

See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special

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2021

Top Chef Family StyleStream

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2021

Snacked

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2021

Women in Entertainment: The Next Generation

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2021

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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2020

The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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2020

Selena + ChefStream

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2020

Taste the Nation With Padma LakshmiStream

Executive Producer
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2020

Taste the Nation With Padma LakshmiStream

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2020

Top Chef from Bravo

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2020

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Extras

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2020

A Little Late With Lilly Singh

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2019
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Access Daily

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2019

Tamron HallStream

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2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Today 3rd Hour

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2018

Busy Tonight

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2018

Padma's Late Night Bites

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2018

The Burger Show

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2018

Access Live

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2017

Complex X Fuse

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2017

Drop the MicStream

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2017

STEVE on Watch

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Match GameStream

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2016

Celebrity PageStream

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2016

Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays

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2016

Hollywood Medium With Tyler HenryStream

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2016

The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

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2015

Life in PiecesStream

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Stephanie
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2015

FABLife

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2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

Hot OnesStream

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2015

The Meredith Vieira Show

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

A Toast to 2013!

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2013

The Queen Latifah Show

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2013

Whose Line Is It Anyway?Stream

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2013

Hollywood Game Night

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2013

Top Chef: Extras

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2013

Top Chef: Extras

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2013

Top Chef: Extras

Self
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2013

Top Chef: Seattle

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2012

Katie

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2012

Anderson Live

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2012

Lidia Celebrates AmericaStream

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2011

Top Chef: Texas

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2011

Top Chef: Texas

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2011

The Chew

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2011

Anderson

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2011

The Talk

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2010

Lopez Tonight

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2009

The Dr. Oz Show

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2009

Combat de chefs 6

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2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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2009

Royal PainsStream

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Padma Lakshmi
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2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

Masterpiece Classic

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2008

Chelsea Lately

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2007

The Better Show

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2007

The Morning Show With Mike & Juliet

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2007

30 RockStream

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Padma Lakshmi
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2006
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The Ten Commandments

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Princess Bithia
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2006

Top ChefStream

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2006

Top ChefStream

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2006

Top ChefStream

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2006

The Ten Commandments

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Princess Bithia
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2006

Sharpe's Challenge

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Madhuvanthi
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2006

The Mistress of Spices

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Geeta
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2005

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Boom

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Shiela Bardez
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2003

Last Call With Carson Daly

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2002

Star Trek: EnterpriseStream

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Kaitaama
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2001
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Planet Food

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2001

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

Glitter

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Sylk
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2001
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Melting Pot

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2000

Family Guy

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Herself
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1999

Family GuyStream

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Herself
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1999

Caraibi

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Malinche
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1999

Piratas del Caribe con la Muerte

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Malinche
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1999

Die Piraten der Karibik 4 - Das Geheimnis der Kaziken

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1998

Die Piraten der Karibik 3 - Corneros Rache

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1998

Die Piraten der Karibik 2 - Mit dem Tod im Bunde

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1998

Die Piraten der Karibik 1 - Ausgestoßen und Gejagt

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Malinche
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1998

The View

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1997

Extra

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1994

Globe Trekker

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1994

Late Show With David Letterman

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1993

SharpeStream

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Madhuvanthi
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1993

Wall Street Journal Report With Maria Bartiromo

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1992

The Oprah Winfrey ShowStream

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1986

Nightline

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CBS News Sunday MorningStream

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1979

Good Morning America

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Sesame StreetStream

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Today

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News aboutPadma Lakshmi

Kristen Kish (L); Padma Lakshmi (R)

‘Top Chef’ Champ Kristen Kish to Replace Padma Lakshmi as Host

Padma Lakshmi on Top Chef

Padma Lakshmi Bids Emotional Farewell to ‘Top Chef’

Padma Lakshmi attends the Full Bloom: The 2023 Moth Ball Honoring Hasan Minhaj

Padma Lakshmi Leaving ‘Top Chef’ After 17 Years

Padma Lakshmi - 'Top Chef'World All Stars
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‘Top Chef’: Padma Lakshmi Teases the London-Inspired Challenges of ‘World All-Stars’

Padma Lakshmi Kristen Kish Marcus Samuelsson

7 Thanksgiving Recipes From Fan-Favorite TV Chefs and Foodies

Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio in Top Chef Season 19

‘Top Chef’ Season 20 to Film in London for World All-Stars Edition

Padma Lakshmi at Critics Choice Real TV Awards

‘Top Chef’ & ‘Drag Race’ Lead Critics Choice Real TV Awards: Complete List of Winners

Top Chef - Season 19 - Buddha Lo
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‘Top Chef’ Season 19 Winner Buddha Lo Hopes to Change the Food Industry

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
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Food Lovers’ Double Feature: Hulu’s ‘The Next Thing You Eat’ & ‘Taste the Nation’

Top Chef - Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio

Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Season 18 Gets New Location (Portland), Premiere Date & Cast

Host Valerie Bertinelli as seen on Valerie's Home Cooking, Season 10

Valerie Bertinelli & Top TV Chefs Share Their Favorite Summer Dishes

America's Got Talent, Taste the Nation, Patriot Act

Best Lines of the Week (June 19-25): ‘I’m Coming for Him’

Taste the Nation Padma Lakshmi
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‘Taste the Nation’ Takes Padma Lakshmi on a Meaningful, Mouthwatering Journey

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Hulu Announces Amy Schumer & Padma Lakshmi Series, Mahershala Ali Joins ‘Ramy’

Padma Lakshmi Names Must-Make Dessert at the Kellogg's Holiday Baking Challenge

‘Top Chef’ Host Padma Lakshmi Knows Her Holiday Treats (PHOTOS)

Top Chef - Season 15

5 Reasons to Devour ‘Top Chef’ Season 15

Top Chef - Season 15 - Graham Elliot, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons

‘Top Chef’ Heads to Colorado for Season 15 (VIDEO)

Top Chef - Season 14 - BJ Smith, Padma Lakshmi, Jim Smith

‘Top Chef’ Host Padma Lakshmi Dishes on Former Cheftestants Returning for Season 14

Top Chef - Season 13 - Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi Soaks Up California on the Newest Season of ‘Top Chef’