How much money judges on reality TV shows really make

Sitting on a $40 million fortune these days thanks to her fine taste in food, Padma Lakshmi earns $50,000 per episode of Top Chef, according to Celebrity Net Worth. First joining the show in 2006 during the second season, she’s been a host and judge ever since and even stepped up to also act as an executive producer. 

Along with earning her legions of loyal fans — who regularly flood her food-filled Instagram posts with

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