Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons shares her love of ice cream, and discusses Seth and Malika's unexpected exits.

on Oct 6, 2010

Gail Simmons: My first memory of this episode is that I woke up the morning of our Quickfire Challenge and said to myself, "Life is good, it's sundae!" How could life be bad, when I get to go to work and eat sundaes all day. So we have Gale Gand as the guest judge, what can you tell us about her?
GS: Gale Gand is the original professional TV pastry chef. I remember watching her show years ago and thinking how beautiful her desserts were. She's just a master of her craft, so approachable and lovely to work with. I was glad we could spend some time together. You present the chefs with the Quickfire Challenge, but it's interrupted because of the situation with Seth. Do you have anything you want to say about what happened?
JS: Just that Seth is a super-talented pastry chef, and I wish him all the very best for his future. Back to the challenge, you had one instruction for the sundaes, which was you didn't want nuts and bananas, but you got some nuts and bananas…
JS: Well, yes and no. What's great about sundaes, and what's great about this challenge, is that ice cream really bring out memories for people; everyone has an affinity for ice cream sundaes. The best sundaes in the challenge to me were the ones that came with a really personal story. It made them taste better, but obviously we are still judging on their final presentation only, and there were some really creative examples. There were so many combinations I had never tasted before or old standbys presented in a new way. Yigit's dish had some sort of delicious caramel sauce at the bottom of his. The flavor was just beautiful, and his presentation was so modern. It's really hard to modernize an ice cream sundae, but he was able to approach it with fresh eyes. Zac had an over-the-top approach (as usual). He took a classic idea, black forest cake, cherry, chocolate, all those great flavors which everyone loves, and made it really playful. And then there was Morgan, whose dessert really blew us away. First of all, he had a great story about his son. His mint chocolate sundae was incredible, and he made his own chocolate sandwich cookies to go with the ice cream that were just out of this world, so he won the challenge. What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
JS: So many flavors, so little time! Mint chocolate chip is definitely up there, and mocha or espresso chip. It might be a cliché, but I could eat ice cream every day. In general I have an affinity for ice creams that are pure and creamy and don't have chunks in them. The one exception is any sort of chocolate chip or chunk.