Gail Simmons lends her strong culinary expertise as a judge and critic for Bravo's premiere season of "Top Chef," and will taste and critique the competing chefs' creations each week alongside host Katie Lee Joel and judge Tom Colicchio. Gail has been handling special projects for Food & Wine magazine since 2004, and in this role serves as a liaison between the marketing and editorial teams on special magazine events and chef-related initiatives. Prior to joining Food & Wine, Simmons most recently worked as special events manager for The Dinex Group, chef Daniel Boulud's restaurant empire.
She began her culinary career writing food articles for Toronto Life magazine and the National Post, Canada's national newspaper. In addition, she served as the research and recipe assistant to food critic Jeffrey Steingarten at Vogue and was an apprentices at both Le Cirque 2000 and Vong restaurants. She 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 appears frequently on television, including CBS's The Early Show, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends and NY1 News. She graduated summa cum laude from McGill University in Montreal and received her formal culinary training at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Simmons currently resides in New York City.