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She might be known for cheering on culinary masters to perfection on Top Chef, but Padma Lakshmi's flat abs on the beaches of Hawaii over the weekend showed that she hasn't been splurging too much in the kitchen. 


The 43-year-old beauty looked better than ever in a sizzlin' hot, vibrant red bikini and shades while walking through the surf. Lakshmi was enjoying some downtime with daughter Krishna, 3, after her show Top Chef: New Orleans premiered on Oct. 2.


Lakshmi is single for the time being -- and seems to be focusing her time on her daughter and her role on Top Chef


"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," she said earlier this year. "I usually gain 15 pounds in the time it takes for us to shoot Top Chef, and it takes me double the time to lose it," she recently told Hamptons Magazine. 


Looks like she's had no trouble shedding any weight put on by the creole cuisine.