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Padma Lakshmi: Inside Her Life as a Single Mom

The 'Top Chef' host opens up about how she juggles motherhood and her ever-growing business empire.

Being a single mom certainly isn't easy, but it's something Padma Lakshmi considers an absolute privilege.

"It's the only way of life I've known," she admits to the New York Post. "I was raised by a single mom. I was told I couldn't have children, so every day I am kissing the sky with happiness about it."

The Top Chef host has a lot on her plate. In addition to her duties on the cooking competition, the beauty also manages a frozen food line and several home accessory brands, plus co-chairs the Endometriosis Foundation of America. "I rule the world with a wooden spoon," she jokes.

But it takes a village to raise a child, and luckily Padma's got a solid one. "I don't juggle it all—I'm very privileged," she reveals. "I have a lot of hands helping me. My hours are so crazy. If I have to be on the Today Show at 7:15, for example, who is going to take my daughter to school? My nanny is awesome. She was in the Indian army for five years. She was a female paratrooper. And she's a great cook."

Though Padma's main residence is Manhattan, she accommodates frequent trips to Arkansas (where she oversees Padma's Easy Exotic frozen foods) and the ever-changing destinations for Top Chef. It's not always easy, but she has a tip for other females: prioritize.

"The best advice I give to other women is to make a mental list of everything you need to get done and prioritize that list," she says. "Attack it in that order. Don't leave what's most important until the last minute."

Her number one priority now (aside from daughter Krishna)? The Endometriosis Foundation of America. "What I really would like to do more of next is pump more money into the foundation," she reveals. With that added support "we could advertise our annual fundraiser, the Blossom Ball, or [help more] young girls who have problems with their period to see a specialist. [The foundation] has been a great by-product of doing well in my career—it's giving me power I never had."

[Source: New York Post]

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