By Meghan Blalock
Updated Nov 07, 2012 @ 9:30 am
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Top Chef returns tonight! We can’t wait to see what host Padma Lakshmi cooked up for the show’s tenth season (we can hardly believe it!) when she takes 21 “cheftestants” to Seattle to compete. “It’s amazing!” Lakshmi told InStyle.com of the new season. “The women are really strong.” So, in celebration of the latest reality food show round (and fingers crossed for a female victor!), let’s take a look back at the host’s transformation in the gallery. Top Chef: Seattle premieres tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.

See Padma evolve!