Padma Lakshmi (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Padma Lakshmi is an Indian American TV host, author, activist, and model. She is best known for hosting the Primetime Emmy-nominated Bravo series Top Chef, which she also executive-produced. And she created, hosts, and executive-produces the Hulu series Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi.

In addition to appearing on TV, she has written several books. They include the cookbooks Easy ExoticTangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet; and The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs. She also wrote a New York Times bestselling memoir — Love, Loss, and What We Ate — and the children’s book Tomatoes for Neela.

Further, Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America and is an ACLU Artist Ambassador for immigrants’ and women’s rights. Her activism also earned her an appointment as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.


  • Full name: Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan
  • Born: September 1, 1970
  • Hometown: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Net worth: $40 million
  • Spouse: Salman Rushdie (m. 2004–2007)
  • Children: Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell
  • Top TV shows: Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef
  • Fun fact: She is considered India’s first supermodel

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