[WGBH] Food expert Padma Lakshmi gears up to receive BU award

Padma Lakshmi is an Emmy-nominated food expert, television producer, host and The New York Times best-selling author.

Padma Lakshmi is slated to receive the ICON Award from Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration this Thursday, April 4, and for good reason.

The Emmy-nominated producer, television host, New York Times bestselling author and food connoisseur became a household name as host and producer of “Top Chef,” and now carries the torch with her Hulu series “Taste the Nation.” Ahead of receiving the honor from BU, Lakshmi joined The Culture Show to talk with host Jared Bowen about her work.

Lakshmi’s lifelong interest in food began when she was a child.

“I certainly watched all those black and whites of Julia Child,” she said. “In high school, I started buying cookbooks and read them cover to cover. […] I think you can tell an immense amount about a person by their food practices and their food ways. I don’t have a formula for how I got here, I’m just happy that I did that.”

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