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About Padma


Padma Lakshmi is an Emmy-nominated producer, television host, food expert, and a New York Times best-selling author.


She is the creator, host, and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Hulu series Taste the Nation, which currently has two seasons available to stream. Taste the Nation is the recipient of a 2021 Critics Choice Real TV Award for Best Culinary Series, a 2021 Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Series, and 2022 Critics Choice Real TV Award for Best Show Host. In June 2022, Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition won a James Beard Foundation Award in the Visual Media - Long Form category.


Lakshmi also serves as host and executive producer of Bravo’s two-time Emmy-winning series Top Chef, now in its 20th season. Top Chef has been nominated for 42 Emmys, including her four-time nomination as Outstanding Host for A Reality-Competition Program. In 2022, she accepted two Critics Choice Real TV Awards for Best Culinary Show and Best Competition Series on behalf of Top Chef as well as an award for Best Show Host.

In the fall of 2021, Padma released her first children’s book - The New York Times best-selling Tomatoes for Neela, as well as guest-edited The Best American Travel Writing 2021. Lakshmi is also the author of two cookbooks - Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, The New York Times best-selling memoir Love, Loss and What We Ate, and The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs.

“The best thing you can do for someone is make them a beautiful plate of food. How else can you invade someone's body without actually touching them?”
– Padma Lakshmi


Join Padma as she takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of the immigrant and indigenous communities who have shaped what American food is today.

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Tomatoes for Neela

“Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of cooking with the women in my family. It is the foundation for all I have spent my life working on.”
– Padma Lakshmi


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“First we eat, then we do everything else.”
-- M. F. K. Fisher

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