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Gail Simmons lends her strong culinary expertise as a judge and critic for Bravo's Top Chef: Texas, the ninth installment of its Emmy Award-winning series Top Chef, tasting and critiquing the competing chefs' creations each week. Gail is also the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Bravo’s pastry-focused spin-off of the Top Chef franchise, and a regular judge on Top Chef Masters.
Gail joined FOOD & WINE in 2004 and handles special projects for the epicurean magazine, acting as liaison between the marketing and editorial teams on magazine events and chef-related initiatives, working closely with the country’s top culinary talent. During her tenure, she has been responsible for overseeing the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, America's premier culinary event. Prior to joining FOOD & WINE, Gail was the special events manager for Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurant empire.
Gail was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to New York City in 1999 to attend culinary school at what is now the Institute of Culinary Education. She then trained in the kitchens of legendary Le Cirque 2000 and groundbreaking Vong restaurants, and worked for esteemed food critic Jeffrey Steingarten at Vogue. Throughout her career, Gail has contributed to several cookbooks, including It Must've Been Something I Ate by Jeffrey Steingarten, Chef Daniel Boulud: Cooking in New York City and The New American Chef, by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. Gail’s first book, her very own memoir, titled Talking With My Mouth Full, is being published by Hyperion and will be released in early 2012.
Gail makes frequent television appearances on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, LX.TV and Fox & Friends, among others. She has been featured in New York Magazine, Travel + Leisure, GQ, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Post. She also has appeared at the nation’s foremost culinary festivals including the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, New York City Wine & Food Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Kohler Food & Wine Experience, the Cayman Cookout, and the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.
Gail currently lives in New York City with her husband, Jeremy.