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Top Chef: Just Dessert — Host Gail Simmons Discusses The New Show & Judging Panel

July 02, 2010 09:00 AM by Nancy Floyd


Fans of Top Chef and pastries will be happy to know that the two are merging together for a new Bravo spin-off show, Top Chef: Just Desserts. The reality competition will feature pastry chefs from around the nation preparing delectable desserts week after week. The show’s host, Food & Wine’s Gail Simmons opens up about the new show premiering this year and the competition’s three judges…

Having previously served as a judge on Top Chef has prepared Gail Simmons for her new job as host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, a sweet new spin-off on Bravo. The new competition will feature pastry chefs from around the country duking it out each week on dessert-themed challenges. The format for the show will be the same as Top Chef, with contestants competing in two challenges each week: a Quickfire challenge and an Elimination challenge.

Gail Simmons thinks a culinary competition centered around desserts was a logical choice. “Pastry chefs have a different brain than savory chefs,” Simmons says. “Which is probably why there have been so few good desserts on Top Chef. And there’s so much talent out there in the dessert world right now.”

Gail Simmons will be joined by three judges on Top Chef: Just Desserts. Johnny Iuzzini, one of the nation’s most celebrated pastry chefs and a former guest judge on Top Chef, will be serving as the head judge on the new show. He’ll be joined at the judging panel by French-born chef Hubert Keller and DailyCandy editor-at-large Dannielle Kyrillos.

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