Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons on the very spicy telenovela challenge.

on Jul 18, 2007

The most exciting aspect of being a judge on "Top Chef" is the chance to taste the unusual, creative and, at times, outrageous dishes our contestants think up in the kitchen. As difficult as some of the challenges may be (our producers thrive on coming up with crazy ideas), many of the best dishes are created under the most stressful and unexpected circumstances. This was certainly the case with our Latin Lunch challenge, in which the chefs were asked to cater a Latin-influenced meal for the cast and crew of Telemundo's "Dame Chocolate," a Spanish-language soap opera shot at a dramatic mansion on exclusive Star Island in Miami. gail_305_mansion_320x240.jpg