Juggling a Full Plate

'Top Chef' judge Gail Simmons went from cooking to working for a chef to a magazine and then to TV—and now she has a book on the way

Gail Simmons seems to have done it all. Born in Toronto, she attended culinary school, trained at Le Cirque 2000, and worked for Daniel Boulud and food writer Jeffrey Steingarten before joining Food & Wine and becoming a judge on Bravo's Top Chef and the host of its spinoff Top Chef: Just Desserts. In her forthcoming memoir Talking With My Mouth Full, due out in early 2012, she dishes about her career and the people she's met along the way. The new season of Top Chef premiered last week.