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Padma Lakshmi          

NY Times Bestselling Author; Emmy Award-Nominated Host; Executive Producer of Hulu's "Taste the Nation"

Padma Lakshmi is an Emmy-nominated food expert, television host, producer, and a New York Times bestselling author. Lakshmi served as host and executive producer of Bravo’s 42-time Emmy-nominated series Top Chef, now in its 20th season. She is also the creator, host, and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Hulu series Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi, which won a James Beard Award and received a Critics Choice Real TV Award for Best Culinary Series. Lakshmi is co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) and serves as an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Artist Ambassador for immigrants' rights and women's rights. She was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and was awarded the Advocate of the Year Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA). In 2023, Padma was named one of TIME's Most Influential People.

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Eating The World

Padma Lakshmi shares her philosophy on eating: the world is getting bigger and smaller at the same time; the United States is a microcosm of this trend—a place where the palate has become more adventurous, and where we are all a little bit Chinese, a little bit Mexican, a little bit Indian. A brilliant chef in her own right, and the author of two best-selling cookbooks, Lakshmi is an arbiter of taste and style worldwide.


Padma Lakshmi Finds a New Voice, Amplifying the Voices of Others
“Taste the Nation” is her new series on Hulu, with 10 episodes that collectively expand and redefine the meaning of American food.

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