I attended the event only knowing that Lakshmi is a judge on the cooking contestant show, Top Chef, so I was totally surprised to learn that she’d been married to Salman Rushdie. I don’t know what I was expecting, but not that. I wasn’t surprised to hear she was a former model or that she had authored cookbooks. She’s stunning, and she’s a judge for cooking show. Even in a simple red and black striped shirt, jeans and messy ponytail last night she looked great.