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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.
– Jennifer Garcia

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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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Jason Segel, Padma Lakshmi Mingle at a Movie Party in N.Y.C.

Jason Segel, Padma Lakshmi Mingle at a Movie Party in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 03/14/2012 05:55AM

Stars came out to celebrate Monday night after the FIJI-sponsored screening of Jeff, Who Lives at Home at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas in N.Y.C. At the afterparty – held at Sons of Essex – Jason Segel held court, graciously greeting friends and well-wishers with a cocktail in hand.

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and another of the film's stars, Susan Sarandon, were inseparable; they entered holding hands and spent the evening looking at photos on each other's phones and chatting closely in the VIP area. Padma noshed on some of the appetizers, including truffled mushroom pizza, too.

The film's Ed Helms was also there, with an older couple that appeared to be his parents. – Kate Hogan

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Spoiler Alert: Who Won Top Chef: Texas?

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Top Chef: Texas Picks a Winner

Originally posted 02/29/2012 11:30PM

The heat was on Wednesday night for the Top Chef: Texas finale as two contestants – Paul Qui and Sarah Grueneberg – battled it out in Vancouver to determine who would ultimately come out on top.

The chefs were asked to prepare four courses of their choice for 100 diners and the panel of judges, with the help of some familiar faces. Paul enlisted Barbara Lynch, Ty-Lor Boring, Chris Crary and Keith Rhodes, while Sarah had the help of Nyesha Arrington, Tyler Stone, Heather Terhune and Grayson Shmitz in the kitchen.

And if it were up to People.com readers, Qui would persevere: He polled far ahead of his competitor, with 90% of readers voting that he deserved to take the Top Chef title.

Sarah, however, has been formidable competitor throughout the season, collecting thousands of dollars and big wins in elimination challenges.

Both, interestingly, also have a connection to the Lone Star State. Paul currently cooks in Austin and Sarah, who now lives in Chicago, was born in Texas.

So who won in the end? Keep reading to find out:

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Which Top Chef: Texas Contestant Do You Want to Win?

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Top Chef: Texas: Which Contestant Do You Want to Win?

Originally posted 02/23/2012 12:50PM

After toiling away in snowy Vancouver in a series of physical challenges – even, at one point, shooting for their ingredients last week – three contestants were left standing at the beginning of Wednesday's Top Chef.

Warning: Spoiler Alert Ahead:

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Top Chef's Gail Simmons Reveals the Secrets to Being a 'Professional Eater'

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Gail Simmons Dishes on the Secrets to Being a 'Professional Eater'

Originally posted 02/21/2012 11:00AM

For nine seasons, Top Chef fans have known Gail Simmons to be a thoughtful and incisive judge, a dessert enthusiast (she does host Top Chef: Just Desserts, after all) and a friendly, familiar face.

But for Simmons, being a TV personality was never in the cards. In fact, after graduating from college in Montreal, neither was a career in food – initially.

In her new book, Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater, Simmons shares "the story of my life – so far – and the mentors and the adventures I've had along the way," as she tells it in her warm, conversational voice.

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