Padma Lakshmi is on her own for now.
"Pls stop the lies. I'm NOT dating anyone or vacationing with or 'cozy' with anyone. Susan S was my only date to Blossom Ball. #singleandfree," the Top Chef host tweeted yesterday in response to rumors that she and hotelier Vikram Chatwal have been, well, getting cozy.
The pair were spotted sitting courtside together at a New York Knicks game back in December and the New York Post reported that Lakshmi brought Chatwal, who owns the Dream Hotel in Manhattan (and once made headlines by making out with Lindsay Lohan), as her date to the Blossom Ball this week.
Lakshmi hosted the annual gala, which benefits the Endometriosis Foundation of America. The "Susan S" she was referring to her in tweet was none other than Susan Sarandon, an avid supporter of the cause.
The 43-year-old culinary hottie is mom to 3-year-old daughter Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell.
Lakshmi lost philanthropist beau Theodore Forstmann to cancer in November 2011 and has maintained a fairly low dating profile—hence all the excitement when she appeared to be stepping out with someone new.