‘Top Chef’ host Padma Lakshmi appears in the December issue of Playboy Magazine. The 42-year-old former model appears in the magazine dressed in lingerie.
In the accompanying interview, Padma opens up about her three-year marriage to British author Salman Rushdie (who was 23-years-older than her). ”Now there is somebody who has great wit and is a great flirt,’”she tells the magazine. “I don’t regret a day I spent with Salman, but it was tiring. He has a big life, and it only got bigger when we were together. I’m happy to have stood next to him holding his hand, but we were in very different parts of our lives.” Wow, that’s shocking. A man 23-years-older than you is in a different part of life? Ya don’t say!
The couple’s marriage lasted three years until 2007, with Padma going on to have a baby daughter Krishna, now two-years-old, by computer mogul Adam Dell.
Mid way through their marriage, Padma begun hosting duties for food competition show Top Chef which won the Emmy award for Outstanding Reality Competition programme back in 2010.
The tenth season of the show aired last week on U.S. network Bravo.
‘I can cook, but I’m not a chef and I don’t want to be,’ she admits to Playboy. ‘I never aspired to run a restaurant.
‘What I am is an excellent taster. I have an incredibly sensitive palate, which is why I can do what I do.
‘If I taste a dish, I can usually replicate the ingredients. And if I kissed you, I could probably tell what you had for lunch.’
Luckily, all that rich food doesn’t affect Padma’s svelte figure due to her ‘fast metabolism.’
She says: ‘I’m tall, and my digestive tract is ironclad and can really take a beating. Having been a model for 15 years, I also know a thing or two about how to dress if I’ve put on a few pounds.
‘And I usually gain between 10 and 15 pounds over six weeks each season. Then I spend 12 weeks working it off. But it’s worth it.’
The TV star admits that her model good looks makes her something of a man magnet, although she is usually unaware of her own attraction.
‘A lot of men get frustrated with me, actually, because I am like a guy,’ she says. Honestly, I’m like a truck driver trapped in this body. I don’t want to be your best friend. I don’t expect you to give me a birthday card or send me flowers.
‘Don’t get me wrong. That stuff’s nice, but I am a physical and sensual person. I love to be held. I love massages. I’m just not a Hallmark kind of gal.’
Padma, who hails from Chennai, India, also reveals what attracts her in a man.
‘I want someone who’s a challenging adversary, who can tease me and get away with it, who can flirt and make me think and laugh and blush,’ she says. ‘But there’s an art to that. You either have it or you don’t.
‘Sex is good when the attraction is good. It’s not a technical skill. If my mind is engaged, the body will follow.’
Playboy’s new issue hits newsstands Tuesday, November 20.
I like Padma, I think she’s a great host on ‘Top Chef’. Watching her private life, however, I have no clue how she’s attracted to the men she ends up with. Makes her look like a gold digger (most of her men are stupid rich). Maybe I’m just jealous? My mom always did say – marry for money, love will come later.
Hey, I didn’t say it…she did!
Celebrity chef-turned-TV personality Padma Lakshmi isn’t afraid to try odd food. The Top Chef host offers up a little too much information, if you ask me. “I’ve eaten a lot of testicles in my days…I’ve had bull’s cojones…I’ll try anything once.”
Padma had a baby girl named Krishna in February. She has refused to name the father of her baby, but recent reports suggest he’s venture capitalist and Columbia Business School teacher Michael Dell.
Padma Lakshmi is now the happy mother of a daughter.
“Model, author and Emmy-nominated host of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi gave birth to a baby girl named Krishna Thea Lakshmi on Saturday,” her rep tells People. “Mother and baby are well and happy.”
Last month, Lakshmi dropped hints about her daughter’s name, saying, “I am going to name the child an Indian name. It will be after someone in my family, so don’t expect to see an Anglicized name – it will be a classically Indian Sanskrit name.”
Lakshmi, 39, announced her pregnancy in Oct. after years of struggling with endometriosis. She has not identified the baby’s father.
Right before the birth, a friend of the TV chef told People: “Padma is very happy. She’s wanted to be a mom for a long time. She was very relieved and happy when she got pregnant.”
Source, Fame Pictures
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is pregnant, her rep confirms to Usmagazine.com exclusively. “Model, author, and Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi confirms that she is carrying her first child after years of struggling with endometriosis, a cause for which she has co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America,” the rep tells Us of Lakshmi, 39. “As a result of her condition, this pregnancy has been referred to by her physician as nothing short of a medical miracle, and due to its delicate nature, we ask/implore the press to respect Ms. Lakshmi’s privacy at this time,” the rep continues. Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the uterus’ lining grows in other areas of the body, causing pain, irregular bleeding and possible infertility.
The baby’s father has not been revealed. Online reports have falsely named Manu Nathan as the dad, but her rep says he’s Lakshmi’s cousin. Lakshmi split from novelist Salman Rushdie in 2007 after three years of marriage. She won the Best First Book award for her first cookbook, Easy Exotic, at the 1999 World Cookbook Awards in Versailles, France. Her second cook book, Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet, was released in October 2007. She hosted the Food Network series, Padma’s Passport, in 2001. She’s also guest hosted on British show Planet Food.