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Gail Simmons Shares the Special Meaning Behind Her Daughter’s Name

06/25/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

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Her wedding day and the arrival of her first child were years apart, but the major milestones in Gail Simmons‘s life will forever be intertwined.

When the Top Chef judge found out she was expecting a baby girl, the mom-to-be didn’t need any advice on deciding on the name Dahlia Rae.

“Dahlia is my favorite flower — it symbolizes sunshine and comes in so many amazing colors. It was our wedding flower and it was on our invitation,” Simmons tells Cricket’s Circle.

“Rae is to honor my husband’s Aunt Rena, who passed away two years ago. She was so encouraging and supportive in our lives, and we love and miss her so much.”

Simmons has always been a part of the team on Top Chef, but becoming a mother only further included her in the club. “I was the only one who didn’t have kids, so they’ve been a wealth of knowledge and help,” she says.
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Gail Simmons Welcomes Daughter Dahlia Rae

01/02/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

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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.”
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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!

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Gail Simmons: Flats Are In My Future!

09/21/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

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Pregnant Gail Simmons isn’t slowing down just yet.

The Top Chef judge, 37 — whose Emmy-nominated reality competition show premieres its eleventh season on Oct. 2 — just finished a summer of filming in New Orleans, and is making her way through the hustle and bustle of awards parties — all while still wearing heels at six months along in her pregnancy.

“As a first pregnancy, I really can’t complain,” Simmons told PEOPLE on Friday at Entertainment Weekly‘s Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood.

“It’s been amazing. I feel great and I have lots of energy. I still have a few months left. And then the actual parenting begins! The actual delivery of the child. But so far, it’s been pretty wonderful.”
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Gail Simmons Expecting First Child

07/16/2013 at 08:00 PM ET

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Gail Simmons has a very special bun in the oven: she’s pregnant!

The Top Chef judge and her husband Jeremy Abrams are expecting their first child this winter, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Simmons, 37, and Abrams, head of music programming company Audiostiles, tied the knot in New York’s Long Island City in 2008, with their wedding later featured in Martha Stewart’s Weddings.

On hand to celebrate the intimate ceremony with the couple was celebrity chef and fellow judge Tom Colicchio, who has since welcomed son Mateo Lev, now 2. Also dad to Luka, 3½, and Dante, 19, Colicchio will likely go from swapping recipes to parenting advice with Simmons!
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