Padma Lakshmi Bio, Age, Height, Net Worth, Husband, Daughter, Book

Padma Lakshmi Biography

Padma Lakshm born Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan known professionally as Padma Lakshmi is an American author, model, actress, television host and executive producer. Lakshmi’s debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the “Best First Book” award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Lakshmi has been the host of the US cooking competition program Top Chef since season two in 2006 (entering season 16 December 2018) for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2009 for Outstanding Reality Host. Lakshmi’s debut memoir Love, Loss and What We Ate was released on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2016.

Padma Lakshmi Age

Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan was born on September 1, 1970 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She is 48 years old as of 2019.

Padma Lakshmi Height

stands at a height of 1.75 m.

Padma Lakshmi Net Worth

Padma Lakshmi has portrayed various roles in life. She is a cookbook author, model, television host and actress. Her net worth is estimated to be around $30 million.

Padma Lakshmi Photo
Padma Lakshmi Photo

Padma Lakshmi Husband

Lakshmi married novelist Salman Rushdie, who dedicated his novel Fury to her. The couple filed for divorce on July 2, 2007 citing irreconcilable issues.

Padma Lakshmi Boyfriend | Partner

Lakshmi conceived a daughter with venture capitalist Adam Dell while on a break in a relationship with Teddy Forstmann (former chairman and CEO of IMG). Her daughter named Krishna Thea, was born on February 20, 2010. Dell, Krishna’s father, has joint custody.

Padma Lakshmi Parents

Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan was born to Vijaya, her mother, a retired oncologist and her father a retired executive with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer in Madras India. She grew up shuttling between her grandparents in Chennai and her mother in New York. Lakshmi was sexually assaulted as a small girl. She wrote in The New York Times, “When I was 7 years old, my stepfather’s relative touched me between my legs and put my hand on his erect penis. Shortly after I told my mother and stepfather, they sent me to India for a year to live with my grandparents. The lesson was: If you speak up, you will be cast out.”

Padma Lakshmi Diagnosed with Stevens–Johnson Syndrome

When Lakshmi was 14 years old in 1984, she was hospitalized for three week, and eventually diagnosed with Stevens–Johnson syndrome, which is a rare illness caused by hypersensitivity to an infection or a potentially fatal reaction to certain kinds of medications.

Padma Lakshmi Scar

Two days after her discharge from the hospital, Lakshmi was injured in a car accident in Malibu, California, which left her with a fractured right hip and a shattered right upper arm. The arm injury required surgery, which left her with a seven-inch scar between her elbow and shoulder.

Padma Lakshmi Scar
Padma Lakshmi Scar

Padma Lakshmi Raped

As a teenager growing up in Los Angeles, she was bullied and endured racial aggression, which caused her to struggle to overcome “internalized self-loathing.” When she was 16 years old, she was raped. In 2018, she revealed the 1986 sexual assault. Lakshmi wrote, “It took me decades to talk about this with intimate partners and a therapist. Now, 32 years after my rape, I am stating publicly what happened. I am speaking now because I want us all to fight so that our daughters never know this fear and shame and our sons know that girls’ bodies do not exist for their pleasure and that abuse has grave consequences.”

Padma Lakshmi Education

Lakshmi graduated in 1988 from William Workman High School in City of Industry, California. She is a graduate of Clark University in 1992, in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she earned a BA with honors in theater arts. During her time in school, Lakshmi studied abroad in Madrid, where her modeling career started. She speaks English, Italian, Tamil and Hindi

Padma Lakshmi Career


Lakshmi started her modeling career when she was 21 years old. While studying abroad in Madrid, Lakshmi was discovered by an agent at a café. She has said, that she was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York. She was also the first one to admit that she was a novelty. By working as a model and actress, Lakshmi was able to pay off her college loans.

Lakshmi has modeled for designers such as Emanuel Ungaro, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Alberta Ferretti, and appeared in ad campaigns for Roberto Cavalli and Versus. Lakshmi was a favorite model of the photographer Helmut Newton, whose photographs of her often highlighted the large scar on her right arm.

Lakshmi has appeared on the covers of Redbook, FHM, Cosmopolitan, Vogue India, L’Officiel India, Asian Woman, Avenue, Industry Magazine, Marie Claire (India Edition), Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar and Newsweek. Lakshmi also posed nude for the May 2009 issue of Allure.

Padma Lakshmi Books

Lakshmi’s first cookbook, Easy Exotic, a compilation of international recipes and short essays, was awarded Best First Book at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards at Versailles. She hosted the Food Network series Padma’s Passport, which in 2001 was part of the larger series Melting Pot, where Lakshmi cooked recipes from around the world. Lakshmialso hosted two one-hour specials on South India and Spain for the British culinary tourism show Planet Food, broadcast on the Food Network in the U.S. and internationally on the Discovery Channels. Lakshmi’s second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet, was released on October 2, 2007. Her first memoir, “Love, Loss and What We Ate,” was released on March 8, 2016, International’s Women’s Day. In October 2016, she released the “Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs”.

Film and television

Her first film roles were in the Italian pirate movies Il figlio di Sandokan and Caraibi (Pirates: Blood Brothers). Lakshmi had a comical supporting part as the lip-synching disco singer Sylk in the 2001 American movie Glitter, starring Mariah Carey. She starred in the 2003 Bollywood film Boom, together with Katrina Kaif, as one of a trio of supermodels accused of stealing diamonds. She played the role of Geeta in Paul Mayeda Berges’s 2005 film The Mistress of Spices. She also made a guest appearance on the NBC series 30 Rock in 2009 and appeared on Whose Line Is It Anyway? in 2014.

In 1997, Lakshmi served as hostess of Domenica In, Italy’s top-rated television show. She made a guest appearance as alien princess Kaitaama in “Precious Cargo,” the 37th episode of the 2002 science fiction TV series Star Trek: Enterprise. Lakshmi appeared as Sean Bean’s nemesis Madhuvanthi in the 2004–2005 TV series Sharpe’s Challenge. She appeared in 2006 ABC’s TV series The Ten Commandments with Dougray Scott, Naveen Andrews and Omar Sharif.

Padma Lakshmi Top Chef

Lakshmi serves as the host and one of the judges on the television show Top Chef, having joined in 2006 during its second season. Top Chef was nominated in 2007 for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Lakshmi was nominated in 2009 for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Top Chef. In 2010, the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Lakshmi also serves as an executive producer of the show.

In an episode of TBS’s Drop the Mic that aired on December 26, 2017, Lakshmi competed and won against music producer Randy Jackson.