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Padma Parvati Lakshmi is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and television host.


Her father was a Pfizer executive and her mother Vijaya, the first wife of her father, was a nurse who specialized in suicide prevention. Her mother tongue is Tamil. She grew up shuttling between her grandparents in Chennai and her mother in New York. She is her parents' only child from this marriage. Her parents separated when she was age one. They divorced a year later. Both parents later remarried, and Lakshmi 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 with children with special needs.

In 1984, when she was 14 years old, Padma was in a car accident in Malibu, California, causing an injury to her right arm that required surgery, which left a 7-inch scar between her elbow and shoulder.

On October 1, 2009, after years of struggling with endometriosis, a condition that causes pelvic pain and has been associated with infertility, Lakshmi confirmed that she was pregnant. Lakshmi also co-founded The Endometriosis Foundation of America, which is a nonprofit organization focused on increasing awareness, education, research, and legislative advocacy against the disease. On February 20, 2010, Lakshmi gave birth to a baby girl named Krishna Thea Lakshmi. Although the father's identity was not initially given, it was later revealed to be Adam Dell. In January 2011, Dell sued Lakshmi for sole custody of their daughter.


Lakshmi went to Workman High School, in the City of Industry, California.

She is a 1992 graduate of Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she received a B.A., with Honors, in Theatre Arts.

She speaks English, Tamil, Hindi, Italian and Spanish.


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. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.


  • Combining her culinary and fashion style tastes, Lakshmi launched her first line of jewelry in 2009. Titled "Padma", the first collection consisted of forty pieces.

    In 2009, Lakshmi starred in the Eels video for the song "That Look You Give That Guy" playing the love interest of Mark Oliver Everett.

    Actor: (films) Glitter, 2001, Boom, 2003, The Darkness and the Light, Caribbeans, Mistress of Spices; (television miniseries) The Ten Commandments, 2006, Sharpe's Challenge, 2006; host (television series) Dominica In, Rai television, Padma's Passport, Food Network, Top Chef, Bravo, 2006—, (documentaries) Planet Food;appeared in Vogue, Elle, In Style, modeled for Ralph Lauren, Alberta Ferretti, Herve Leger, La Perla, Roberto Cavalli.

    author: (cookbook) Easy Exotic, 2003; second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet, was released October 2, 2007.