October 23, 2011 05:00 PM

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Sorry Krishna Thea — it looks like Padma Lakshmi is having all the fun without you. The Top Chef host took over Le Poisson Rouge in New York City Sunday and danced to “Get Down Tonight” with a crowd of nearly 200 babies.

“I love to dance, but so do most babies. It’s a fun way to do something you’re used to doing at 11:00 at night at 11:00 in the morning! It’s nice, especially now that the weather is getting colder, to do something active with your baby,” Lakshmi, 41, tells PEOPLE at the Huggies Little Movers Slip-On event.

What gets 20-month-old Krishna moving on the floor? “Anything Beyoncé! I’ll put it on the iPod and she dances to [‘Single Ladies’],” she says. “She’s running around and she’s a daredevil.”

And although they share their love of dance, Lakshmi insists her daughter is very much her own person.

“She has her own personality and she’s like she is,” the host explains. “She has her own little way of speaking and her own little accent. She has a fully-formed personality and it’s evolving and changing every day.”

Her baby girl’s appetite is also evolving.

“Krishna’s diet is great. She’s a very good eater. She doesn’t eat land animals or poultry — she only eats seafood and dairy and eggs,” notes Lakshmi. “She gets a lot of protein. She loves edamame with soybeans. She loves black eyed peas and kale — lentils. She’s Indian, so she eats a lot of lentils. She loves Catalina beans — anything that she can pick up with her fingers. She loves noodles. She’s a great eater — I’m very lucky.”

The latest season of Top Chef premieres Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

— Carlos Greer

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