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Top Chef All Stars Custody War 2011

Posted by on January 26, 2011 at 1:37 PM EST

top chef padma lakshmiTop Chef: All-Stars host Padma Lakshmi is fighting for custody of her child.

Padma Lakshmi, of Top Chef fame, is in a custody battle with baby daddy Adam Dell. Dell currently has an out-of-court agreement arrangement with Lakshmi, which allow him to see their daughter, Krishna, 9 days out of the month.

However, the arrangement ends on Krishna’s birthday, and the 11 month old baby will be turning 1 on February 20th. As of Friday, Adam has filed papers in a NYC court demanding visitation rights.

According to TMZ, Adam is still upset over Padma Lakshmi’s choice of name, and he claims that Padma only allows him to see Krishna 7 hours a week, a claim that Padma denies. The Top Chef star is not currently receiving any child support from Dell, who Padma claims is just attempting to get closer to her while she is not interested in a relationship with him and only wants communication to be about Krishna.

40-year-old Lakshmi began her career at the age of 16 as a model, and has said, “I was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York. I’m the first one to admit that I was a novelty.”

Lakshmi later went on to receive awards for her first cookbook, Easy Exotic, and hosted various programs on Food Network. She currently works as host of Top Chef: All-Stars, which plays on Bravo.



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