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Gail Simmons

Ingredient: Egg

About Gail

Gail Simmons is a trained culinary expert, food writer, and dynamic television personality. She has lent her extensive expertise as a permanent judge on BRAVO’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef. Heading into its 18th successful season.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Gail moved to New York City in 1999 to attend culinary school. She then trained in the kitchens of legendary Le Cirque 2000 and groundbreaking Vong restaurants, and worked as the assistant to Vogue magazine’s esteemed food critic, Jeffrey Steingarten.

In April 2016, she received the Award of Excellence by Spoons Across America, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children about the benefits of healthy eating. She is an active board member and supporter of City Harvest, Hot Bread Kitchen, Common Threads, and the Institute of Culinary Education.

Her first cookbook, Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating, will be released by Grand Central Publishing on October 24, 2017. It features recipes inspired by Gail’s world travels—all made with accessible ingredients and with smart, simple techniques for successful family meals and easy entertaining.

Why I Love The Egg

The extraordinary egg is my ingredient of choice, not only as it’s my favorite food and for its magical properties in the kitchen, but most importantly for its relevance as a symbol of fertility, feminism, hope, renewal and rebirth.

Gail's Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

Serves 4
Delicacies Chef's Table

Delicacies Chef’s Table

October 1 - December 31, 2017

Gail chose to support non-profit City Harvest (New York City) with a monetary donation (resulting from sales) from Delicacies in 2018.


From the cradle of civilization to the top of a croque madame, the egg is a potent symbol of renewal and the sacred feminine. In so many cultures, an egg signified the birth of our universe: the egg came first. It expresses the mathematical perfection of the oval and demonstrates a paradox through its fragile strength. Eggs are often considered nature’s most perfect food, enclosed in their very own brown, white or speckled packaging. Wear the egg as a reminder of limitless rebirth and a talisman of fertility and creativity. In order to make an omelet you have to crack an egg.
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