Padma Lakshmi (born September 1, 1970
is an American cookbook author, actress, model and television host.
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.