‘Iwant to rule the world with a wooden spoon’

Padma Lak­shmi, a prom­i­nent face on culi­nary TV, is sur­prised she’s made a ca­reer in the food world

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Kaushani Ban­er­jee

kaushani. ban­er­jee@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

For al­most 10 years Padma Lak­shmi has been a prom­i­nent face on culi­nary tele­vi­sion. Off the small screen, the sin­gle mom is at the helm of her rapidly-ex­pand­ing food em­pire. We spoke to the TV star about her ca­reer and the jour­ney so far.

Did you think your ca­reer would be about food?

I’m as sur­prised as any­one. I al­ways loved cook­ing. I would love to rule the world with a wooden spoon. But if you had told me 10 years ago that I would have this ca­reer (a food com­pany, a ta­ble top com­pany that man­u­fac­tures plates and dish­ware) I don’t think I’d have be­lieved it. I picked up cook­ing from the women in my fam­ily. In my grand­mom’s house in Chennai, most of the ac­tion was in the kitchen. Be­ing In­dian re­ally helped, I un­der­stood how to mix spices, and var­i­ous things about food. Be­cause of my mod­el­ling ca­reer I also got to travel a lot and lived in France, Italy and Spain. It was there that I re­ally un­der­stood world cui­sine. My eth­nic back­ground pro­pelled me into this ca­reer.

How do you man­age to stay fit when you eat for a liv­ing?

Eat­ing as a job is not easy at all. I have to work out at least an hour ev­ery day. I have to re­ally watch what I eat. I don’t eat sugar, but­ter or fried food. It takes a lot of will power and as I be­come older it gets harder. My daugh­ter (Kr­ishna) wants to eat all th­ese juicy things and I want her to have all the yummy food that a young child needs to grow. Her eat­ing habits are not con­ducive to my weight goals at the mo­ment. I don’t eat like I eat on Top Chef. I eat very light and ex­er­cise a lot in or­der to com­pen­sate.

What are the food trends that you are look­ing to ex­plore in this sea­son of Top Chef?

The new sea­son is shot in one of my favourite lo­ca­tions in New Or­leans, USA. New Or­leans has a great cul­ture and a unique cui­sine. There’s a won­der­ful blend of French and Car­ribean. We will be look­ing at fu­sion food and a mix of cul­tures.


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