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Padma Lakshmi as a Renaissance Painting

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The Top Chef host’s recipe for a very big year? Nab an Emmy nod, launch a jewelry line and spice collection and get pregnant at 39.

You’re due early next year. How are you feeling?

I’m feeling tired but great. It was very important for me to be a mom.

Weirdest moment of the year?

The first time I saw myself on the side of a bus [in a Top Chef poster]! That was a bit daunting. I’d pull up in a taxi, and my face would be staring back at me.

The year’s top lesson?

You really can’t do everything. I couldn’t watch my weight because I was around food so much. I had to let it go.