What’s so Exotic about Padma Lakshmi?

One of the definitions of exotic according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as “strikingly different” which also describes when Padma Parvati Lakshmi came into prominence in the culinary world.  She brought a different point of view to the mainstream.  Lakshmi is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and television host. Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the “Best First Book” award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

In 2019 she joined the streaming world on Hulu with her original series, Taste the Nation, really worth watching if one is open about the diversity of American people and cooking.




The Beautiful Frieda Pinto of India

The beautiful Frieda Pinto made quite an impression when the world laid eyes on her in Slumdog Millionaire, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.   Although she has been constantly working, the newest installment of Planet of the Apes may help to propel her stardom.  She was already in the public eye in her homeland of India hosting a travel show in English.

Wikipedia- Freida Pinto was born on 18 October 1984 to a Mangalorean Catholic family in Mumbai.  Her mother, Sylvia, is a principal of St John’s Universal High School (Goregaon), and her father, Frederick, is a senior branch manager at the Bank of Baroda. Her older sister Sharon is an associate producer for the NDTV news channel.  Pinto dreamed of becoming an actress since she was five years old.

Her Passion for Food 

According to Mid-day.com, “I love Italian cuisine. My palate is pleased by seafood risotto with porcini mushrooms. Besides that I love my Manglorean seafood dishes and the sukha chicken.”   Her favorite sweets, ” Rasmalai… yummy! I also love dark chocolate.”  She is very much from Mumbai and loves, Mahesh Lunch Home, Apoorva, Basilico, White, and Mezzo Mezzo.

  • Random Notes- The actress expresses her love of cultures through dance, trained in Indian Classical dance and Salsa. 
  • The surname “Pinto”, is a Portuguese surname meaning “Chick” (little bird). The Portuguese were the first European colonizers and settlers of India, arriving in 1497.

Learn about her real life beau and her onscreen love of Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel.