Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons explains why learning from your mistakes is so important.

on Jun 13, 2007

Watching this first episode I cannot help but wonder: who will be joining us next year in Aspen? Who of these 15 strangers has what it takes to make it through the grueling challenges we are about to set before them? That first day may not have been as nerve-wracking for me as it was for them, but it certainly was intimidating. The first glimpse I got of our new crop of hopefuls was when they placed their uncommon surf-and-turf creations before us. Making my way through each one I became hopelessly aware of how difficult it was to keep them all differentiated. In order to do so, I had to play a little mind game with myself linking these outrageous combinations of land and sea critters to the people who cooked them.For better or worse, I will forever connect Brian with slithering snakes and electric eels -- the same goes for Sara M and her black chicken claw, or Sara N and those stunning razor clams. Unfortunately, Clay now lives in my memory as an overcooked wild boar chop with a scorpion fishtail garnish.