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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 received a 2021 Critics Choice Real TV Award for Best Culinary Series and a 2021 Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Series. Taste the Nation is currently in production for its second season. Lakshmi also serves as host and executive producer of Bravo’s two-time Emmy-winning series Top Chef, now in its 19th season. Top Chef has been nominated for 37 Emmys, including her three-time nomination as Outstanding Host for A Reality-Competition Program.


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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