Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons is a trained culinary expert, food writer, and television personality. She is the Special Projects Director at Food & Wine magazine, and has been a permanent judge on Bravo’s Emmy-winning series “Top Chef,” the number one food show on cable television, since the show’s inception in 2006. Ms. Simmons is also the host of “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” Bravo’s pastry-focused spin-off. Born in Toronto, she now lives in New York City with her husband, Jeremy.

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“The joy of Ms. Simmons’ book is in its passionate love of food, a love that transcended everything that got in its way, like a pole-vaulter leaping over the bar. . . .