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Padma Lakshmi: I Go Up Two Dress Sizes After Top Chef

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Padma Lakshmi: I Go Up Two Dress Sizes At the End of Every Top Chef Season

Originally posted 10/23/2013 10:25AM

Hosting Top Chef has many perks, but staying super-slim after a season sampling an array of dishes is not one of them.

Luckily, Padma Lakshmi doesn't mind one bit – and even admitted she goes up two dress sizes at the end of every season.

"I love food way too much to starve myself just to look good," the single mom told Fitness for its November/December cover story, out Oct. 29. "I will put in the work at the gym so I can enjoy what I eat."

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Padma, Tom and Gail Dish on Top Chef: New Orleans

Padma, Tom and Gail Dish on Top Chef: New Orleans

Originally posted 10/02/2013 04:30PM

The judges tell PEOPLE all about a spicy season in the Big Easy

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Padma Lakshmi Shares How to Cook Like a Pro

Padma Lakshmi Shares How to Cook Like a Pro

Originally posted 10/01/2013 09:00AM

The Top Chef host offers her kitchen must-haves and cooking tips

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Hotelier Vikram Chatwal Arrested at Airport with Heroin, Pot, Coke and Pills

Vikram Chatwal Arrested for Drug Possession and Trafficking

Originally posted 04/04/2013 01:05PM

Hotel owner Vikram Chatwal was arrested at Florida's Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Tuesday after trying to get on a plane with a large stash of drugs.

According to the police report, Chatwal – who is close to Lindsay Lohan and was erroneously linked to Padma Lakshmi – tried to board with cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills.

Chatwal, 41, owns New York City's Dream Hotel, a popular spot with celebrities.

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Padma Blasts New Romance Rumors: I'm Still Single ... and Searching

Padma Lakshmi Is Not Dating Hotelier Vikram Chatwal

Originally posted 03/14/2013 04:00PM

Potential Padma Lakshmi suitors take note: the Top Chef stunner is still very much on the market and available.

Despite numerous recent reports claiming a romance was heating up with successful hotelier Vikram Chatwal, the star tells PEOPLE: "I'm still single ... and searching!"

Lakshmi, 42, is busy raising her daughter, Krishna, 3, and a little more than a year ago suffered the loss of billionaire Teddy Forstman, with whom she had been romantically linked for years.

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UpdatePosted 10/30/2012 10:45AM

Hurricane Sandy Couldn't Stop Jimmy Fallon

Originally posted 10/30/2012 07:30AM



Much of the East may have been without electrical power Monday night – as Hurricane Sandy exerted her strength and, in the words of The New York Times, left "a region crippled" – but one thing remained: star power.

NBC's Late Night host Jimmy Fallon took to 50th Street outside his Rockefeller Center studio in midtown Manhattan right before Sandy hit to record the introduction to his show.

Though he said there would be no live in-studio audience, "All of our guests came," said Fallon, "which was big for us. We were worried that we weren't going to get guests, but we got some good ones here."

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Armie Hammer Has a Prince Charming Moment in Sonoma | Armie Hammer, Padma Lakshmi

UpdatePosted 10/18/2012 06:00AM

Armie Hammer Has a Prince Charming Moment in Sonoma

Originally posted 10/18/2012 06:00AM

Stop! Hammer time.

Armie Hammer and Padma Lakshmi felt the need for speed during the Audi Sportscar Experience at the Raceway at Sonoma, Calif. on Saturday.

Alongside his wife Elizabeth Chambers, the Lone Ranger star had the chance to drive Audi R8, RS 5 and TT RS vehicles.

"Armie and Elizabeth were lovey-dovey the entire time, constantly holding hands or with their arms around one another," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

"They both got behind the wheel to take laps on the track, but after just one round, Armie swooped Elizabeth up up in his arms and carried her – Prince Charming style – after they got out of the car," the source adds.

Meanwhile, Top Chef host Lakshmi came dressed like a pro in black leggings, boots and a stunning red and black leather jacket.
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Anything on a Stick! And More Fun Celeb Chef Tips for Memorial Day Eats

Celebrity Diners Club

Memorial Day: Cat Cora, Padma Lakshmi Share Healthy Eating Tips for Summer

Originally posted 05/28/2012 08:30AM

Memorial Day marks the start of the summer grilling season, and what better way to spend the holiday that with your family and friends – outside.

Celebrity chef Cat Cora – and star Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates – says including your children in your meal planning can lead to fun and, most importantly, healthy dining experiences.

In Smart Chefs Stay Slim: Lessons in Eating and Living from America's Best Chefs, by PEOPLE senior editor Allison Adato, Cora is just one of many celebrity chefs (including Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, Rick Bayless) with nutritious tips to share.

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The Real Housewives of...

Housewives, Top Chefs & Andy Cohen Team Up for Olympics-Themed Bravo Clip

Originally posted 05/23/2012 08:45AM



Let the games – er, shows – begin!

Bravo's summer programing slate is heating up, and the network has recruited a fleet of its "Bravolebrities" – more than 30 in total – for a fun, fast-paced new promo, and PEOPLE.com has a first look. (The commercial will make its TV debut during Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live.)

The Olympics-themed clip finds various Housewives – NeNe Leakes, Kyle Richards and Ramona Singer – facing off for race ... in heels! And with drinks in hand.

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Padma Lakshmi Settles 2-Year Custody Dispute

Padma Lakshmi Settles Custody Dispute

Originally posted 03/15/2012 04:15PM

Padma Lakshmi's longstanding battle with her daughter's father has finally been resolved.

The Top Chef host and Adam Dell, father of 2-year-old Krishna, have been embroiled in familial drama since the birth of their baby girl.

Venture capitalist Dell, 42, sued Lakshmi, 41, last year for custody of their daughter Krishna, claiming that the reality TV star aimed "to minimize, if not eliminate, [Dell's] role in Krishna's life." (Lakshmi, who was in a relationship with the late businessman Teddy Forstmann, would not publicly acknowledge who fathered her baby. Dell's lawsuit cited a DNA test that proved he was the father.)

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