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Lakshmi also serves as an executive producer of the show.
Lakshmi launched her first line of jewelry in 2009, titled "Padma". The first, entitled "The Padma Collection," is a line of dinnerware composed of Moroccan ceramics and Turkish glass.
Lakshmi was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2009 for Top Chef.
The show won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2010.
Lakshmi starred in the 2003 film Boom as Sheila Bardez, one of a trio of supermodels accused of stealing diamonds.
In 2006, Lakshmi appeared in ABC's TV series The Ten Commandments with Dougray Scott, Naveen Andrews, and Omar Sharif.Her mother, Vijaya, is a retired nurse who specialized in oncology.Her parents divorced when she was two years old, and both parents later remarried.She currently 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 for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2007.
As a teenager growing up in Los Angeles, Lakshmi was bullied and endured racial taunts from classmates, which caused her to struggle to overcome "internalized self-loathing." Lakshmi graduated from William Workman High School in the City of Industry, California in 1988.