Padma Lakshmi: My New York City
Padma Lakshmi is roller skating down 81st street. Just an 8-year-old kid on her way to meet her mom for lunch in New York City, circa 1979. Padma’s been in NYC ever since. Now she’s raising her own daughter Krishna here. “I do feel like a child of New York. I’ve grown up in different parts of the city, whether I was 4 or 24,” she says. “I remember going swimming in John Jay Park, playing hide and seek in the bushes behind Gracie Mansion in Carl Schurz Park … Now I play with my child in the East Village in Tompkins Square Park.”
Today you probably know Padma as host of ‘Top Chef’, and a bestselling author and foodie who holds her own next to critics like Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. What you may not know is that she’s equally passionate about interior design, antiques, and art. (She rattles off artist names that would have most of us googling in a panic.) And she’s obsessed with finding it all locally. “Most people know me for food, but I am a hunter and gatherer for things from everywhere. I will troll any market, thrift shop or antique store high and low, from Bergdorf-Goodman all the way to the little guy with the table outside on the street. I have no ego about it – I just look everywhere.” After talking with Padma, we pretty much want to follow her wherever she goes.