Padma Lakshmi: Monique Lhuillier Lovely at the 2012 Emmy Awards

Posted Sunday September 23, 2012 6:54 PM GMT

Spending the evening on the red carpet, Padma Lakshmi joined in on the Tinseltown festivities by attending the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (September 23).

The 42-year-old culinary cutie brightened up the Nokia Theatre LA Live venue in an orange Monique Lhuillier frock as she eased her way inside to get settled in for the always-entertaining toast to television's finest.

As for the show, the 2012 Emmys are set to broadcast live on ABC beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT.

Taking care of hosting duties is late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel while the lineup of star presenters boasts names such as Claire Danes, Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel, Julianna Margulies, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin and the beautiful Julianne Moore.

As for the nominees, HBO is the top network with 81 bids while "American Horror Story" and "Mad Men" are the show frontrunners with 17 chances at Emmy glory apiece.

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