Padma Lakshmi is the host of the Emmy Award-winning, top-rated Bravo series Top Chef, and the author of two cookbooks: the award-winning Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet. The first internationally successful Indian supermodel, she has appeared in numerous fashion spreads and has walked the runway for designers Ralph Lauren, Emmanuel Ungaro, and Alberta Ferretti, and starred in campaigns for Versus and Roberto Cavalli. She lives in New York City with her daughter.
Padma was nominated for the 2006 primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host on a Reality-Competition. Top Chef won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.