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Gail Simmons Is Awaiting a Delivery Surprise

09/24/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

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Nothing whets the appetite quite like being pregnant — just ask Gail Simmons.

“I’m eating every day in great quantity,” the Top Chef judge, who’s six months pregnant with her first child, tells PEOPLE.

Simmons, 37, had plenty of cravings while shooting the 11th season of her Emmy-nominated reality competition show — premiering Oct. 2 — in New Orleans over the summer.

“I had a lot of cravings for popsicles and peanut butter … not together,” she says. “All I wanted for breakfast was peanut butter [and] jelly sandwiches and all I wanted in the afternoon was a popsicle because it was 100 degrees.”

So it’s not surprising that Simmons, who’s due in January, got ready for Sunday’s Emmy Awards by — you guessed it — eating some more!

“I had a really lovely day. I had breakfast on my terrace with a bunch of friends. I always make sure to eat a hearty breakfast, especially these days, but in general because you don’t eat again until 8 o’ clock at night,” the mom-to-be explains. “So the five of us just sat on the terrace and had a leisurely morning.”

And while Simmons doesn’t yet know if she’s having a boy or a girl — and says she and her husband Jeremy Abrams would “like it to be a surprise” — there’s one thing that’s certain.

“I’m gonna grow!” she says. “That’s for sure.”

– Lee Hernandez with reporting by Melody Chiu

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jay on

I have met her in person several times and she is just so lovely and sweet. Congrats to her :)

donnatex on

That’s what my husband and I did and it was amazing!!! That one special moment, it just made it much more special.

four is my favorite # on

LOVE her! Congrats Gail! I could never have waited to find out, I thought it was a surprise @ 20 weeks also.

I’m sure plenty will bash her for her food comment but she looks great & she should enjoy her pregnancy anyway she likes. All you mean people had to eat crow after bashing JS & then she lost the weight too! We need to support all women.

Kristy on

While I certainly support her decision to wait until the birth to find out if it is a boy or a girl, I really wish people would stop using the phrase “I want it to be a surprise.” If you find out through ultrasound, it is *still* a surprise, you just find out earlier. That said, I wish her all the best.

Lisa54 on

Is it me or is she showing a lot very early ? For a first pregnancy?

She can’t talk about it that much — it’s a Jewish superstition to not do so.

Amaryllis on

No idea who she is. I thought it said Gene Simmons, lol.

Anonymous on

Lisa54- She’s not that early on in the pregnancy. The article says she’s 6 months.

Anonymous on

Kristy- Obviously they mean they want to be surprised in the delivery room. Also, not everyone feels that it’s a surprise if you find out earlier. Some feel that it’s like opening your Christmas presents early- not a good thing.

Anonymous on

Okay, let me clarify before anyone jumps on me: Christmas or other holiday presents. I understand that not everyone celebrates Christmas (and that probably includes Gail, since she’s Jewish).

Anonymous on

I am quite confused about this article because originally it was titled about her cravings now its changed. Why? It made more sense before.

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