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FIRST PHOTO: Meet Padma Lakshmi's Daughter

Originally posted 03/12/2010 06:00PM

Meet baby Krishna!

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi just gave birth to her daughter on Feb. 20 – and already mother and daughter are hitting the town. On Thursday, the two were photographed on a New York bench. Next stop, Le Bernardin?

Lakshmi, 39, has not identified her 3-week-old daughter's father. But a friend of the TV host told PEOPLE just before Krishna's birth that Lakshmi was ready for motherhood. "Padma is very happy. She's wanted to be a mom for a long time. She was very relieved and happy when she got pregnant."

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Padma Lakshmi Welcomes a Daughter

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Padma Lakshmi Welcomes a Daughter

Originally posted 02/22/2010 09:15AM

Padma Lakshmi is now the happy mother of a daughter.

"Model, author and Emmy-nominated host of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi gave birth to a baby girl named Krishna Thea Lakshmi on Saturday," her rep tells PEOPLE. "Mother and baby are well and happy."

Last month, Lakshmi dropped hints about her daughter's name, saying, "I am going to name the child an Indian name. It will be after someone in my family, so don't expect to see an Anglicized name – it will be a classically Indian Sanskrit name."

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Padma Lakshmi Drops Hints About Baby's Name

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Padma Lakshmi Drops Hints About Baby's Name

Originally posted 01/14/2010 03:20PM

Padma Lakshmi is keeping a lot about her pregnancy secret, but she's revealing that the baby, due this spring, will hold to at least one tradition.

"I am going to name the child an Indian name – I'm Indian," the Top Chef host, 39, said Tuesday at Vermilion restaurant in New York City, at a dinner celebrating Indian women in the culinary arts.

Without divulging the baby's gender, Lakshmi says she has in mind "not a fancy name, but a name that is close to my family. It will be after someone in my family."

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Padma Lakshmi Dishes on Her Top Moment of 2009

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Padma Lakshmi Dishes on Her Top Moment of 2009

Originally posted 12/17/2009 02:00PM

It can't be easy to choose this year's top moment if you're Padma Lakshmi.

After all, 2009 was the year she earned an Emmy nod for hosting Top Chef, launched a jewelry line at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, and, oh yeah, announced she was pregnant.

"I can pick a favorite moment very easily," the 39-year-old TV star tells PEOPLE. "I gave a keynote address at MIT December 4th." The reason? To talk about her personal struggle with endometriosis – a leading cause of infertility – and help inaugurate MIT's new center to find a cure for the disease. "This year I was able to co-found the Endometriosis Foundation of America. It was a way to use something I've struggled with and turn it into something positive. This was my proudest achievement."

Of course, getting pregnant was also "a great event" but, for now, Lakshmi prefers to keep mum about any specific plans for motherhood. "I'm just a little superstitious," she says. "Everything is new about this. It's all mysterious and exciting."

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Padma Lakshmi Doesn't Mind Baring the Baby Weight

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Padma Lakshmi Doesn't Mind Baring the Baby Weight

Originally posted 12/01/2009 01:00PM

It's about time TV foodie Padma Lakshmi put on some weight – and it's all thanks to her coming baby and her healthier attitude about life, she says.

"One of the reasons I think I've gained weight pretty quickly during my pregnancy is that I'm not exercising as much as I do normally ... I can't. I'm feeling tired, and I have this business to run," Lakshmi, 39, tells Page Six Magazine in an interview to run Thursday. "You hope that with age, what you pay for in gravity, you gain in gravitas. I'm sure my thighs looked better when I was 25, but I think my mind is better today."

The former model appears on the magazine cover baring nearly everything but her burgeoning belly for a nude photoshoot.

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Padma Lakshmi Plays the Baby Name Game

Padma Lakshmi Plays the Baby Name Game

Originally posted 10/16/2009 09:00AM

Padma Lakshmi may have a bun in the oven, but she swears it's no "Pomegranate," the Top Chef judge tells PEOPLE, poking fun at creative celebrity baby names.

"I just want to see how the baby looks when it comes, and then I'll have some ideas," said Lakshmi, displaying her curvy figure in a long, low-cut Gucci gown on the Hammerstein Ballroom red carpet in New York for Alicia Keys's charitable Keep A Child Alive's annual Black Ball on Thursday.

Given her own background, Lakshmi, 39, indicates that the baby's name will be Indian-influenced. "The name will have to do with my family," she says. "I don't think it's going to be called 'Pomegranate' or 'Atlanta.' "

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INSIDE STORY: Padma Lakshmi's 'Miracle Pregnancy'

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INSIDE STORY: Padma Lakshmi's 'Miracle Pregnancy'

Originally posted 10/13/2009 07:15PM

For Top Chef's season 4 competitors, news of Padma Lakshmi's pregnancy came as no surprise. Spike Mendelsohn recalls that when another contestant, Antonia Lofaso, started to cry because she missed her daughter, "out of nowhere, Padma started to tear up also. It signified something to us."

But for Lakshmi, 39, conceiving a child was the fulfillment of a wish she once thought would be impossible. Earlier this year the cookbook author, jewelry designer and actress co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America, and revealed that she had undergone two surgeries for endometriosis.

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Pregnant Padma Lakshmi 'Butters' Her Growing Belly

Pregnant Padma Lakshmi 'Butters' Her Growing Belly

Originally posted 10/06/2009 01:45PM

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi isn't shy when it comes to discussing how expecting a baby has changed her life so far.

"One thing that happens when you're pregnant is that as your stomach starts to stretch [and] it itches! So I have to keep my belly really lubricated," she said Monday during a brunch in New York City to champion Reebok's line of Pink Ribbon products, which helps raise money to battle breast cancer.


To ease the itch, Lakshmi, 39, said, "Every morning, there's a buttering ceremony after I get out of the shower. It's really like basting a turkey with body butter."

Good thing she's got help. "Before, my housekeeper was helping me because I can't bend over to do my feet," said the model-turned-cookbook author, whose pregnancy was revealed earlier this month. "Now my mom's here and she's been buttering up my tummy."

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Padma Lakshmi Is Pregnant

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Padma Lakshmi Is Pregnant

Originally posted 10/01/2009 01:20PM

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has a bun in the oven, PEOPLE can confirm.

Lakshmi, 39, is pregnant with her first child after struggling for years with endometriosis, a condition that occurs when tissues that line the uterus grow outside the uterus, resulting in painful menstrual cycles and uterine scarring that could lead to infertility. The baby's father has not been identified and no other details were available.

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POLL: Who Has the Sexiest Burger Makeout Commercial?

POLL: Who Has the Sexiest Burger Makeout Commercial?

Originally posted 06/05/2009 09:00AM

Who knows if any of these hot-bodied babes actually ate a whole burger while making their ads, but they all looked sexy in their meaty commercials!

With the recent sneak peek of the Hills star Audrina Patridge's steamy spot for Carl's Jr., we couldn't help but to dig into the babe burger archive and see who posed for the hottest foodie makeout.

In 2005, Paris Hilton, in a peek-a-boo one-piece bikini, spiced up the airwaves with her 30-second spot for Carl's Jr.'s Spicy BBQ Burger that the Parents Television Council called a "soft-core porn."

Not to be outdone by the heiress, in March 2009 Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi had a "love affair" with a Hardee's Western Bacon Thickburger in slow motion – hiking up her skirt and licking burger juice from her modelicious legs!

So, who do you think had the sexier burger spot?

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