Top Chef Judge & New Mom Gail Simmons Juggles It All

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From our friends at WorkingMother!

Soon after her daughter, Dahlia, was born in December 2013, the Food & Wine special projects director filmed The Feed for FYI. And soon after that, she started taping Top Chef: Duels for Bravo. Talk about a juggle!

WM: How’s it been adjusting to work with a newborn?

It’s been challenging. We shot The Feed [which begins airing in July] over three weeks in the field in New York City, so I could go home to Dahlia and her routine didn’t change. Leaving her to do it was hard, though. I love what I do, but my head was in 15 different places.

WM: Then you were in L.A. shooting Top Chef: Duels. How did that play out?

My husband [Jeremy Abrams] was with us for a few days, to settle us in, and I hired someone full-time to be with us. This was completely shot in the Top Chef kitchen, and there was a real room set up as a nursery, and Dahlia came to the set every day. Not for the full eight or 10 hours. But she came in and I fed her and got time with her when I was on break.

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