Padma Lakshmi is a model, actress and author with work spanning across the United States and Europe. Lakshmi was born in India and before entering the entertainment space, graduated from Clark University with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and American literature.
One of the first cooking shows that she hosted was called “Padma’s Passport” where she made food from all around the world. She was also on a documentary series called “Planet Food” and co-hosted “Domenica In.”
Beyond all of her shows, Lakshmi has also taken her love for food from television to books with creation of her cookbooks “Easy Exotic” and “Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet” and her memoir “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” She also put out “The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs” and the children’s book “Tomatoes for Neela.”
“Imagine a young woman in her twenties, who loves books and who had published her little cookbook and in comes this guy,” she told People. “I mean, he was the best thing that ever happened to me by a mile. The fact that somebody of that stature and caliber was even interested remotely enough in me to want to take me to lunch was kind of unbelievable.”