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Gail Simmons has worked as host of Top Chef: Just Desserts and a judge on Top Chef. A food writer and expert, she has also worked as a special projects manager at Food & Wine.
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Philanthropy is important to Simmons, and she is an active supporter of Common Threads, a nonprofit oragnization that works to teache children how to cook healthy, inexpensive meals. She also helped found of the Wine's Grow for Good Campaign, which works to raise money to fund sustainable agriculture programs; and she sits on the boards of charities such as City Harvest, Hot Bread Kitchen, the American Institute of Wine & Food, the Institute of Culinary Education's Alumni Committee,
and the Women at NBCU Advisory Board.
Although a broad palate is necessary for her work, Simmons has her favorite—and least favorite—foods: She doesn't eat black beans because they upset her stomach, or veal because she thinks it tastes bland, but she loves butterscotch pudding, ice cream and dark chocolate.
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