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Exclusive: Gail Simmons Is Top Chef at 2012 Taste of Tennis Event

The Bravo foodie will blend A-list chefs and tennis elite for a star-studded event.

By Mike Hess

Gail Simmons

Tennis and Bravo are quite the pairing -- not only is Olympic tennis dominating our daytime airwaves, but now The Dish can exclusively reveal that Top Chef's own Gail Simmons will be holding court at the 13th Annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis event to kick off the US Open this year.

Our resident female foodie will be joined by tennis pros for a food-meets-sports star-studded party on August 23 at the W New York, and so far this year's athletes include Gilles Simon and Fernando Verdasco -- ranked 13th and 18th in the world, respectively -- and there are some very big-time names in the world of tennis still to come, so stay tuned. Also, If you don't know who Mr. Verdasco is, might we suggest a quick Google Images search ... he's quite dreamy.

As the headlining culinary talent, Gail will whip up a dish with a tennis pro, and all chefs in attendance will also be serving up food from their respective restaurants. Other chefs attending include a handful of Bravo alum as well, including Top Chef Masters' season 1 competitor Jonathan Waxman and current Top Chef Masters ace Kerry Heffernan.

For the full list of chefs and more info about the Taste of Tennis event including tickets for sale, visit the website here.

The event will benefit the New York Junior Tennis & Learning, which provides free services to more than 100,000 New York City children and teens looking to pick up a racquet.

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