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She has hosted the show continuously since season 2 (2006), with season 16 (2018) being the latest. Both of her parents later remarried, and she has a younger half-brother and half-sister from her father's side.

For her work, she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Host in 2009. She has also ventured into acting in film and television, and hosted several cooking programs before Top Chef. She grew up first in New York and then in Los Angeles with her mother and stepfather.

Lakshmi also serves as an executive producer of the show.

Her first memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate, was released on International's Women's Day, March 8, 2016.

Lakshmi released her third cookbook, an encyclopedia and cookbook, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs in October 2016.

The show has been nominated in Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program from season 2 up until season 16, with season 6 winning the award in 2010.

Lakshmi was nominated in the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2009 for the season 5 of Top Chef.

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