Asia Abridged Podcast: Padma Lakshmi's New York Memories

Padma Lakshmi at Asia Society in New York. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

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Padma Lakshmi has enjoyed a successful career as a model, actress, and, most recently, the veteran host of the popular television show Top Chef. But long before she became a public figure, Lakshmi was an Indian-American kid living in 1970s New York — a city whose culinary diversity cultivated her love of both Indian street food and bacon cheeseburgers. 

In a lively, wide-ranging conversation last spring Asia Society, Lakshmi discussed her New York roots, her Desi identity, the Indian food she’s dying to see on Top Chef, and why she has no love for Disney princesses.

In this inaugural episode of our new podcast series Asia Abridged we revisit Lakshmi's candid, funny appearance at Asia Society.

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Matt Schiavenza is the Assistant Director of Content at Asia Society. His work has appeared at The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, Fortune, and strategy + business among other publications.