Gail Simmons

Food Expert, Food & Wine’s Special Projects Director, and judge on BRAVO’s Top Chef

Gail Simmons is a trained culinary expert, author, and dynamic television personality. Since the show’s inception in 2006, Gail has lent her extensive expertise as a permanent judge on BRAVO’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef. She was head critic on Top Chef Masters, host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, and co-host of FYI’s 2014 show The Feed.

After graduating from what is now the Institute of Culinary Education, she worked in the kitchens of legendary restaurants Le Cirque 2000 and Vong, was the assistant to Vogue‘s esteemed food critic Jeffrey Steingarten, and served as the special events manager for Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant empire.

Gail joined Food & Wine in 2004, where she directs special projects, working closely with the country’s top culinary talent and acting as liaison between the marketing and editorial teams on events and chef-related initiatives. During her tenure, she has been responsible for overseeing the annual Classic in Aspen, America’s premier culinary event. Her first book, a memoir titled Talking With My Mouth Full, was published by Hyperion in February 2012, and her first cookbook is set to be published in late 2017.

Most recently, Gail Simmons and her business partner Samantha Hanks, founded Bumble Pie Productions, an original content company dedicated to discovering and promoting new female voices in the food and lifestyle space. Their first series, Star Plates — a collaboration with Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment — will air on the Food Network September 27, 2016 at 11:00 p.m. ET.