Padma Lakshmi is an Emmy-nominated TV show host, actress, food expert, model, and award-winning author. She was awarded the NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2016). She has also been the host and judge of the Emmy award-winning television show, Top Chef, where she also serves as an executive producer. Lakshmi has written two cookbooks, Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, a food memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller, and most recently published a culinary reference guide, The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs. In addition, Lakshmi is a savvy businesswoman with multiple companies of her own, including her home décor line, The Padma Collection, and Padma’s Easy Exotic, a line of culinary products. She is also co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, which has educated over 16,000 teens on this devastating illness.