Special Projects Manager, Food & Wine Magazine
Gail Simmons lends her strong culinary expertise as a judge and critic for Bravo's "Top Chef 3 Miami," and will taste and critique the competing chefs' creations each week. Simmons has been with Food & Wine since 2004, currently in charge of special projects for the epicurean magazine. In this role, she oversees the brand's signature event, the Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, which will celebrate its 25th year next June. In addition, she works on the magazine's chef-related events and programs.
Prior to joining Food & Wine, Simmons most recently worked as special events manager for The Dinex Group, chef Daniel Boulud's restaurant group. She began her culinary career writing food articles for Toronto Life magazine and the National Post, Canada's national newspaper. In addition, she was research and recipe assistant to food critic Jeffrey Steingarten at Vogue and was an apprentice at both Le Cirque 2000 and Vong restaurants. Simmons has contributed to several cookbooks including "It Must've Been Something I Ate" by Jeffrey Steingarten, "Daniel Boulud Cooking in New York City," and "The New American Chef" by Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg.
Simmons frequently appears as an expert for Food & Wine on television, including CBS's "The Early Show," Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" and CNBC. She graduated summa cum laude from McGill University in Montreal and received her culinary training at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Simmons resides in New York City.