Gail Simmons

top chef just desserts

We all know and love Gail Simmons, host of hit television series Top Chef: Just Desserts, and regular judge on Bravo’s original series, Top Chef. Simmons manages to both write and talk about food in a way that makes everyone hungry – and we’ve fallen in love with her presence on and off the screen. She is indisputably the expert on everything food. In fact, we found it hard to write this Q and A without pausing to visit all of the food spots she mentions below. With her new book Talking With My Mouth Full coming out in just a week, Ms. Simmons still managed to find time to let the New Potato in on her new favorite food spots, her go-to place for dessert and how to make her chicken and barley stew recipe…

The best place for dessert…

The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop on 7th Street between 1st & Ave A


ABC Kitchen

What’s the drink you just discovered?

The Siam Sour at Maenam in Vancouver: Vodka, roasted coconut water, lime, soda, ginger and bird’s eye chilies

What’s the restaurant you just discovered?

Hangawi in Koreatown

What’s your new favorite brunch spot?

Saxon & Parole

Your go-to recipe for eating in…

My mother-in-law’s chicken and barley stew with lots of veggies, herbs, lemon and parmesan (See Food & Wine’s March 2012 issue for the recipe….)

The recipe that just became good again…

Kasha & Bowties (with Mushroom-Onion Gravy)

The recipe you just discovered…

Farro with Roast Chicken, Butternut Squash and Fresh Oregano from Mindy’s Fox’s A Bird in the Oven and Then Some cookbook

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