Gail Simmons is a trained culinary expert, food writer and television personality, and is the Special Projects Director with Food & Wine magazine. In addition to her role with Food & Wine, she is a regular judge on the television show Top Chef and hosts its spin-off, Top Chef: Just Desserts.
Prior to joining Food & Wine, Gail was the special events manager for chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant empire and worked for food critic Jeffrey Steingarten at Vogue.
She was born in Toronto, and graduated from McGill University in Montreal, where she majored in anthropology and Spanish. She began her food journalism career writing restaurant reviews for the McGill Tribune before moving on to the monthly magazine Toronto Life and later to the daily National Post newspaper.
Simmons attended culinary school in New York City at the Institute of Culinary Education and apprenticed at Le Cirque and Vong.
Gail’s first book, her memoir Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater, was published by Hyperion in February 2012.
Gail is an active supporter of Common Threads, an organization that teaches low-income children to cook wholesome, affordable meals. She was a founding member of Food...