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Padma Lakshmi


The Affluent Traveler recently sat down with New York Times Best-Selling Author and Host/Executive Producer of Bravo’s Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi, to find out more about her current adventures and globetrotting journeys.

Question: Tell us what you've ben up to lately.
Answer: I just finished filming the 14th season of Bravo’s Top Chef in Charleston, South Carolina, and my new book, The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs, comes out on October 4th. I also just launched a line of frozen organic rices and lentils last year called Padma’s Easy Exotic. They’re available at grocery stores like Wegman’s and at select Whole Foods nationwide. If they’re not available at your local store, ask the manager to order them. As a small company, we rely on word of mouth!

Question: Where do you like to relax?
Answer: Preferably at home, in my own bed.

Question: What is your favorite destination and why?
Answer: I love Paris, it has something to offer everyone, regardless of your budget or interests. I lived there as a model in my 20s, and as my interests have changed, so too has Paris changed with me. It’s a wonderful place to break writer’s block as well.

Question: Where haven’t you traveled that you would like to go?
Answer: I would love to travel to Egypt — I’ve always found its history fascinating.

Question: What is a must-have item when you travel?
Answer: I carry vitamin C packets wherever I go.

Question: What is the most unusual gift you have brought home from your travels?
Answer: There is a seven-foot-tall cow's head that hangs above the piano in my living room that came from Kerala.

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