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Padma Laskhmi, Top Chef Premiere
Credit: Retna; WireImage

Top Chef returns tonight! We can’t wait to see what host Padma Lakshmi cooked up for the show’s ninth season when she takes a record-setting 29 “cheftestants” down to Texas to compete. So, in celebration of the latest reality food show round, let's take a look back at the host’s transformation in the gallery. Top Chef: Texas premieres tonight at 10/9c on Bravo. Tell us: Will you be watching?