Gail Simmons Welcomes Daughter Dahlia Rae

01/02/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Gail Simmons Welcomes First Child Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Her bun’s out of the oven!

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and her husband Jeremy Abrams welcomed their first child, daughter Dahlia Rae Abrams, on Sunday, Dec. 29, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

“Dahlia weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz.,” the rep tells PEOPLE. “Mother, father and baby are doing wonderfully.”

Simmons, 37, told PEOPLE at the Emmys in September that she and her husband were waiting to find out the sex.

“We’d like it to be a surprise,” she said. “We have some of the nursery done, but we’re going to wait until [we find out] who this little nugget is.”

In October, Simmons added that she considered her first pregnancy to be an easy one.

“I really can’t complain. It’s been amazing,” she said. “I feel great and I have lots of energy. I still have a few months left, and then the actual parenting begins!”

And Food and Wine‘s special projects manager might be able to show her little one a taste of Mommy’s culinary career: Top Chef New Orleans returned Wednesday evening.

— Catherine Kast

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Vanessa on

Gail is the greatest. Congrats to the little family.

Tiffany on


kamden1130 on

Thank you for letting it be a surprise. Nobody does this anymore 😦 Congrats!

Leslie on

Why would anyone click on the mad reaction? Maybe I missed something but Congratulations to Gail, her husband and family!

mg on

Congrats 🙂

Jen on

Congrats. One of my favorite judges on my favorite show.

Mary on

Congratulations, and welcome to the little angel!

Anonymous on

Congrats to them!

Sally on

Gail and family – Congratulations on your new little one. Good for you for waiting to find out the sex of your child. I love watching you on TV and can’t wait to see you more in 2014.

Paula on

Congrats and a pretty name.