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Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons is an alumna of the Institute of Culinary Education.Special Projects Manager, Food & Wine, and Judge, Bravo’s Top Chef, New York City, NY
Culinary Arts, 1999

As a judge on Bravo's wildly popular Top Chef and Top Chef Masters and as the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Gail Simmons’ face and culinary discernment are well known to millions. She began her career as a food journalist in her native Toronto and moved to New York City to attend ICE. She cooked at Le Cirque 2000 and Vong, before becoming Jeffrey Steingarten’s assistant at Vogue. She was then special events manager for Daniel Boulud’s restaurant group. Simmons has been with Food & Wine since 2004, handling special projects and acting as a spokesperson for the magazine. Until 2010, she was also the director of the Aspen Food & Wine Festival. Her culinary memoir Talking with my Mouth Full was released in 2012. Looking back on the role of her ICE education in her career, she says, “I will always credit the school and my career services director for pushing me to do a restaurant kitchen externship. Working as a line cook in a high-end professional kitchen was invaluable to my understanding of the world of cooking and definitely gave me an edge over others at my level trying to build a career in food writing, marketing, etc.”