Top Chef and Top Chef Just Desserts host and judge Gail Simmons gave birth to a daughter, Dahlia Rae Abrams, on December 29, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Dad is Simmons’s husband, Jeremy Abrams. Dahlia’s arrival adds “mom” to Simmons’ already long resume as a TV host, author, media event planner, and culinary expert.
“Mother, father and baby are doing wonderfully,” Simmons’ rep said, saying that Dahlia weighed 7 pounds, 3 oz.
Simmons was pregnant while filming Top Chef New Orleans in July, but didn’t share this news with the chefs, she told USA Today. “[I was] very newly pregnant when we shot and it was no one’s business,” she said. “And I wasn’t showing so it didn’t matter. It really wasn’t an issue. I was worried it would be, but it wasn’t a problem.”
Simmons shared her pregnancy picks with 9Bliss in December when she was “nesting at home for the holidays.” They included Taza chocolate, Tarte Cosmetics, and breakfast, “the most important meal of the day for an expecting mother,” among others. Good food is obviously important to the special projects director at Food & Wine Magazine, who shared this recipe for Maple Pear and Yogurt Parfaits for when she was “feeling indulgent.” She told People that her pregnancy had gone well.
“I really can’t complain. It’s been amazing. I feel great and I have lots of energy. I still have a few months left, and then the actual parenting begins!”
Simmons released her autobiography, Talking With My Mouth Full, in 2012. Motherhood will add a new and exciting chapter, and with her knack for tracking trends and getting people talking about food, enhancing little palates might be a logical next step. Congratulations to New York City’s newest little foodie, and to Gail Simmons and Jeremy Abrams.
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