‘Top Chef’ host Padma Lakshmi brings the heat in bikini, cowboy hat


Four union members in Boston were acquitted on Tuesday of charges they tried to extort jobs from a production company filming ‘Top Chef’ in 2014 through thuggish tactics that included threatening host Padma Lakshmi.

Forget the cayenne pepper – “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi is bringing the heat all on her own. 

The 48-year-old food enthusiast and cookbook author served up some smoking curves and sass on Instagram Sunday in a teeny black bikini, rustic cowboy hat and little else. 

“Big yee haw energy,” Lakshmi captioned the picture, while enjoying some fun in the sun at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. 

Related: ‘Top Chef’ star Fatima Ali dies at 29; Padma Lakshmi shares emotional tribute

Fans couldn’t help but admire the model. *Same, social media users, same*

“I’m telling you 40 is the new 20, we still killing it,” @thecandacesmith declared, while @divzgun added: “As always an inspiration for all women.”

Related: Elizabeth Hurley, 53, stuns in yellow, ‘sunshine’ string bikini

Lakshmi – who admitted to gaining up to 15 pounds while filming “Top Chef,” sometimes consuming as many as 7,000 to 8,000 calories a day – follows a strict workout regimen to maintain her figure, including boxing and Pilates. 

She has one child, daughter Krishna Thea, 9.

Related: Sara Foster teases ‘mom’ Katharine McPhee over bikini photo: ‘Dress age appropriately’


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