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Padma Lakshmi Net Worth: Is She Making $50k Per Episode?

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Padma Lakshmi is best known as the host of the popular culinary competition series "Top Chef."

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The Padma took over as host in 2006, for the show's second season.

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Padma Lakshmi was brought up in a Tamil Brahmin household after she was born in 1970 in Madras, which is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

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Her parents split up when she was just two years old, leaving her without a parent. Later, when she was four years old, she traveled to the United States with her mother and stepfather.

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Lakshmi has written about the time when her stepfather sexually attacked her when she was a young child

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Lakshmi received her diploma from William Workman High School, which was located in the city of Industry in California

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She became one of the first Indian models to maintain a career in major cities such as New York, Paris, and Milan at the age of 21.