2008 Hot 100 Preview: PADMA LAKSHMI

Suddenly, all those “Kiss the cook” aprons seem a little less cheesy and somewhat more wearable: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi knows her way around the kitchen and that’s something we certainly find hot.

It doesn’t hurt that the Indian-American beauty is a former model who has appeared on covers of magazines like Newsweek, Cosmo and Harper’s Bazaar.

It’s almost enough to forget that she was in the awful Mariah Carey movie, Glitter. (But with cookbooks called Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet, who’s thinking about Mariah?)

Padma is creating some heat for a lot of AfterEllen readers, as she ranked somewhere on this year’s Hot 100. Where did she come in among the rest?