She has hosted the show continuously since season 2 (2006), with season 16 (2018) being the latest. Both of her parents later remarried, and she has a younger half-brother and half-sister from her father's side.For her work, she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Host in 2009. She has also ventured into acting in film and television, and hosted several cooking programs before Top Chef. She grew up first in New York and then in Los Angeles with her mother and stepfather.The show has been nominated in Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program from season 2 up until season 16, with season 6 winning the award in 2010.Lakshmi was nominated in the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2009 for the season 5 of Top Chef.Lakshmi had a syndicated column in The New York Times and has written articles on style for the American edition of Vogue, at editor Anna Wintour's request.She also wrote a column on style for Harper's Bazaar (UK and US editions), following a commission from editor Glenda Bailey.Lakshmi has modeled for designers such as Emanuel Ungaro, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren, and Alberta Ferretti, and appeared in ad campaigns for Roberto Cavalli and Versus.
Lakshmi released her third cookbook, an encyclopedia and cookbook, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs in October 2016.
Two days after her discharge from the hospital, she 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.
She hosted the Food Network series Padma's Passport, which was part of the larger series Melting Pot in 2001, where she cooked recipes from around the world. For acting, Lakshmi's first film roles were in the Italian pirate movies Il figlio di Sandokan and Caraibi (Pirates: Blood Brothers).
She also hosted two one-hour specials in South India and Spain for the British culinary tourism show Planet Food, broadcast on the Food Network in the U. She had a comical supporting part as the lip-synching disco singer Sylk in the 2001 American movie Glitter, starring Mariah Carey.