By SARAH BULL
As the host of America's most popular cookery show, Padma Lakshmi could be forgiven for carrying a few extra pounds.
But the Top Chef host appears to have mastered the art of maintaining her figure in between seasons of the programme, judging by the shots of the 42-year-old showing off her incredible bikini body in Miami earlier this month.
The mother-of-one drew attention to her washboard stomach and toned arms in a strapless baby blue bikini, which featured tassels on the top and tie sides, as she frolicked in the surf.
Padma wore her raven hair loose for the beach day, and shielded her eyes from the sun behind a pair of aviator sunglasses.
The former model, who has previously stripped off for magazines including Playboy and Allure, recently spoke about how she gets back into shape after filming wraps on Top Chef.
She said: 'I’m lucky. I have a fast metabolism, I’m tall, and my digestive tract is ironclad and can really take a beating.
'Having been a model for 15 years, I...know a thing or two about how to dress if I've put on a few pounds.
'And I usually gain between 10 and 15 pounds over six weeks each season. Then I spend 12 weeks working it off.'
And Padma, who welcomed daughter Krishna in 2010, also spoke in a recent interview about her battle to lose her pregnancy weight.