Becca Frucht: Personally I want my dress to be purple ombre. Okay, Season 12 of Top Chef kicks off tonight and in celebration of the show's gorgeous host, here are five delicious facts you might not know about Padma Lakshmi.
Number 5, Padma makes eating look so sexy, but if you think she only nibbles while hosting and judging on Top Chef, think again. Padma has admitted going up one to two dress sizes during each season.
Number 4, Padma has got a foodie background. Before Top Chef she hosted Padma's Passport and Planet Food. She has also written two cookbooks. Padma credits world travel during her modeling career for expanding her knowledge and love of food.
Number 3, everyone wants to know how Padma got the signature scar on her arm. It was the result of a car accident when she was 14. Padma tried to hide it at the beginning of her modeling career, but it became a trademark.
Number 2, what about Padma's personal life? She was married briefly to famed writer Salman Rushdie; they divorced in 2007. She had a daughter in 2009 with businessman Adam Dell, and her current status is a mystery, though she was linked for the last six months to Richard Gere, but it's reported the two have recently split.
And number 1, she has acting credit, sort of. In case you forgot or missed it, Padma played Sylk, the lip-syncing R&B singer opposite Mariah Carey in 2001's 'Glitter'. Padma also appeared in one episode of 'Star Trek: Enterprise' and Trekkies still approach her for autographs.
See Padma and all of her delicious qualities on Top Chef, Wednesdays at 10/9 Central on Bravo.