Gail Simmons is a trained culinary expert, food writer and dynamic television personality. Since the show's inception in 2006, she has lent her extensive expertise as a permanent judge on BRAVO's Emmy-winning hit series Top Chef. Most recently, Gail has been named host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Bravo's pastry-focused spin-off of the Top Chef franchise. Gail is also a regular-judge on Top Chef Masters.
Gail joined FOOD & WINE in 2004 and handles special projects for the magazine, acting as liaison between the marketing and editorial teams on magazine events and chef-related initiatives, working closely with the country's top culinary talent. During her tenure, she has been responsible for overseeing the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, America's premier culinary event. Prior to joining FOOD & WINE, Gail was the special events manager for Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurant empire.