On Top Chef
Question: On Top Chef, I've never noticed the judges taking notes during an elimination challenge. How do you remember what each person made, as well as what you thought about it?
Gail Simmons: We all help each other remember and sometimes the producers will give us a list of each of the dishes to study before judges table, which helps jog our memories. But once we eat them they are often hard to forget!
Question: Gail, what is the biggest challenge of doing Top Chef? Is it the long waits between shots? And did you find the pastry chefs different in personality than the other chefs? Are the dessert chefs quirkier?
Gail Simmons: The hardest part of the show is that we travel so much and I am away from my family. We often also judge late into the night, which is difficult but fun. We are used to the long hours by now. Pastry chefs are certainly more meticulous and exacting than savory chefs but that is how they are able to be such great artists!
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Question: Gail, as an avid TC viewer and fan, I am taken aback by the elementary challenges on All-Stars. Could you shed some light on the lack of creative challenges?
Gail Simmons: Put yourself in the chefs' shoes and I promise you will not think they are elementary. So much harder than it looks on TV. I promise.