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Padma Lakshmi is a model, actress and author with work spanning across the United States and Europe.

Lakshmi was born in India and has graduated from Clark University

with a bachelor's degree in theater arts  and American literature.

She has hosted "Padma's Passport","Planet Food" and co-hosted "Domenica In."

She has been hosting Bravo's cooking competition show "Top Chef" since 2006.

Her cookbooks include "Easy Exotic","Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet","Love, Loss, and What We Ate",

"The Encyclopedia  of Spices & Herbs" and the children's book "Tomatoes for Neela."

She was previously married to Salman Rushdie & has a daughter Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell with ex-boyfriend Adam Dell

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