Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Highest Rated: 11% The Mistress of Spices (2005)

Lowest Rated: 6% Glitter (2001)

Birthday: Sep 1, 1970

Birthplace: Madras, India

Padma Lakshmi was a successful model before gaining fame as the host of the cooking competition show "Top Chef" (Bravo, 2006- ). She was born in India, but moved with her mother and step-father to the United States when she was young. As a Los Angeles teenager, she was in a serious car accident that left her right arm scarred. After earning a theater degree, she was discovered in Madrid, Spain and began modeling. She also began acting periodically, appearing on Italian television and in the Mariah Carey film "Glitter" (2001). She had the chance to join sci-fi lore with a small role in "Star Trek: Enterprise" (UPN, 2001-05). In her birth country, she played a supermodel in "Boom" (2003) and played an Indian-American in "The Mistress of Spices" (2005). Having previously hosted cooking shows in Italy and on American cable's Food Network, her fortunes changed for the better when she was selected to become the host of "Top Chef" in the show's second season, taking over for Katie Lee. The show, featuring culinary experts including Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain, and Wolfgang Puck, as judges became an international phenomenon. Lakshmi eventually became one of the show's producers beginning in 2010. She also used the exposure to publish multiple cookbooks. Beyond cooking, she was also a contributor to the daytime talk show "The View" (ABC, 1997- ) and made occasional appearances on TV shows like "Royal Pains" (USA Network, 2009-16).

Highest rated movies

The Mistress of Spices




No Score Yet 69% Sharpe's Challenge Madhuvanthi (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ten Commandments Princess Bithia (Character) - 2006
11% 42% The Mistress of Spices Geeta (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 22% Boom Shiela Bardez (Character) - 2003
6% 48% Glitter Sylk (Character) $4.3M 2001


No Score Yet 92% Top Chef Judge,
No Score Yet 33% The Good Dish Guest 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Top Chef Family Style Guest 2021
100% 67% Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi Executive Producer,
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2015-2016 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2012-2013 2015-2021
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2021
82% 15% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2021
No Score Yet 83% Match Game Guest 2020
No Score Yet 25% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2013-2014 2016-2018
No Score Yet 50% Busy Tonight Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2012 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2018
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Guest 2018
No Score Yet 0% Drop the Mic Contestant 2017
No Score Yet 86% Life in Pieces Stephanie (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2014 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Host 2016
No Score Yet 43% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America Guest 2015
No Score Yet 96% Whose Line Is It Anyway? Guest 2014
94% 75% Royal Pains Padma Lakshmi (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009 2012-2013
No Score Yet 63% Family Guy Herself (Guest Voice) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2011
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
78% 93% 30 Rock Padma Lakshmi (Guest Star) 2009
55% 78% Star Trek: Enterprise Kaitaama (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Melting Pot Host 2001-2002