Fast Facts

  • Has a seven-inch scar on her right arm as the result of a car accident when she was 14.
  • Was discovered by an agent while sitting in a café in Spain.
  • Has released cookbooks Easy Exotic: Low-Fat Recipes From Around the World in 1999 and Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day in 2007.
  • Is fluent in five languages.
  • Made her film debut in Glitter in 2001.
  • Joined Bravo's Top Chef as the host for the second season, in 2006.
  • Launched a tabletop collection in 2013.
  • Cofounded the Endometriosis Foundation of America, which raises awareness and funds research for the disease.


  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2016, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee


  • Adam Dell — Ex-significant Other
  • Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell — Daughter
  • Salman Rushdie — Ex-husband
  • Vijaya — Mother


  • Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States (BA in Theater Arts, 1992)


  • Birth Name: Padma Parvati Lakshmi
  • Birth Place: Madras, India
  • Profession: TV-show host, Actor, Model

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