'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi Cooks Up New NBC Sitcom

Padma Lakshmi knows how to turn up the heat in the kitchen – but how seasoned are her comedy chops?

The “Top Chef” host is in talks to star in a new sitcom for NBC.

The new series – which could be called “Single Serving” — would star the lovely Lakshmi as a woman working in the culinary world.

The show would be executive produced by Charlie Corwin, whose EP credits include “The Philanthropist,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “LA Ink” and “Miami Ink.”

In addition to her hosting duties on “Top Chef,” Lakshmi, 38, does have some acting experience under her belt.

She has appeared in the films “Glitter,” “Boom” and “The Mistress of Spices.” She also played Princess Bithia in ABC’s “Ten Commandments” miniseries and played Kaitaama on the 2002 UPN series “Enterprise.”

Last week, Lakshmi earned an Emmy nomination (along with “Top Chef” cohort Tom Colicchio) for Best Reality Competition Host.

The sixth season of “Top Chef,” set in Las Vegas, gets cooking next month on Bravo.

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