Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi’s Hot Boston Common Photo Feature – the 43-year old is best-known these days for her work on the reality cooking show Top Chef but also has a number of other careers to her name as an actress, model and author not to mention having had more than her fair share of famous romances.
If you were to go back to around 2005 you would mostly know the Indian-born Padma as being famous for being the wife of Booker Prize winning novelist Salman Rushdie. However for some time before that she was actually very well-known in the fashion world as she was at that time the only Indian model with a successful worldwide career.
Padma appeared on just about every top magazine cover (Vogue, FHM, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Newsweek) during this time and also appeared nude in the May 2009 issue of Allure magazine.
These days modelling very much takes second place to her interest in food. As well as hosting Bravo’s Top Chef, she has previously hosted a programme called Padma’s Passport on the Food Network as well as writing 2 cookbooks, Easy Exotic (1999) and Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet (2007). Anyone get the feeling that Padma might just be playing on her good looks with those titles?
She has also found time to host Italy’s top-rated tv show Domenica In, appear as an alien princess in Star Trek: Enterprise, appear in 30 Rock, as well as making appearances in both Indian and US movies. She also found time to launch her own line of jewellery and give birth to a daughter.
Although she can be seen sampling all manner of foods during the filming of Top Chef, Padma has spoken about the eating regime that she normally follows to keep her in such great shape. She says that she always starts her day off with a good breakfast but before every meal she drinks a glass of what she calls her cleansing juice to help jump-start her metabolism, This cleansing juice consists of unsweetened cranberry juice along with a powdered vitamin and mineral supplement and some water.
In her Boston Common feature Padma not only talks about her work on Top Chef but also discusses her personal health battle with endometriosis. This led to her co-founding the Endometriosis Foundation of America. The EFA hosts a large fundraiser each year called the Blossom Ball and as well as Padma being involved the organisers include Susan Sarandon and former Blondie singer Deborah Harry.
One thing that Padma does not talk about in her Boston Common interview is her love life. She is rumoured to have been dating actor Richard Gere since around May this year but she makes no mention of this in her interview.