12/11/2012 10:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Padma Lakshmi Bikini: 'Top Chef' Host Is One Hot Mama (PHOTO)

Christopher Peterson, Splash News

Padma Lakshmi proves 42 is fabulous.

The "Top Chef" host sizzled in a blue fringed bikini, flaunting her washboard abs and toned arms as she frolicked in the surf in Miami earlier this month. The single mom, whose daughter Krishna is almost 3 years old, obviously doesn't let those calorie-packed meals affect her figure.

Although Lakshmi admits she gains 10 to 15 pounds each season over a six-week period, the former model knows how to bounce back: "I spend 12 weeks working it off!"

"I’m lucky. I have a fast metabolism, I’m tall, and my digestive tract is ironclad and can really take a beating," Lakshmi revealed to Playboy in November. "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."

Yeah, throw on a bikini!

Check out Padma's incredible beach body below:

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