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Top Chef's Next Quickfire Challenge Has a Fun Surprise — and These Exclusive Photos Are Your Sneak Peek

Largely absent from Bravo's Top Chef  Season 16, Gail Simmons still makes a cameo to turn up the heat!

By Tamara Palmer
Gail Simmons Surprises the Cheftestants

Gail Simmons has taken a break from Bravo's Top Chef for a very justifiable season: She missed out on most of Season 16 because she was back home in New York City giving birth to her second child, son Kole Jack Abrams, on May 23.

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But Gail couldn't completely stay away from the Kentucky season: She joined the crew just three days before she gave birth to say hello to the new group of competitors and issue them a fun Quickfire Challenge, which airs Thursday at 10/9c. (Hit play on the clip above for a preview.)

The challenge happened on a very eventful day indeed, Gail told The Feast“It was my birthday the day we shot and the day of the royal wedding and three days before I gave birth!" she said. "So my assistant had made me a cake to celebrate it all."

Gail shared with The Feast some personal pictures of herself, the precious cake, and friend/colleague Nilou Motamed, who is a recurring judge on Season 16, to get you excited for a Quickfire Challenge with a twist.

Looks like Gail's assistant knows a thing or two about gorgeous cake presentation. Behold:

Gail is totally glowing, too!

Here's a closer look at the cake in all of its pastel candy-topped, gilded glory:

Looks like she can't wait to try it — and who could blame her?

Here's Gail and Nilou showing off their cooking skills.

Tune in to Top Chef on Thursday at 10/9c to see Gail's guest appearance and learn who nails this very special Quickfire Challenge. 

Photos: Gail Simmons

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