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    Top Chef's Gail Simmons Pregnant With First Child

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    Padma Lakshmi's little girl is getting a playmate!

    Top Chef judge and Top Chef: Just Desserts host Gail Simmons is expecting her first child with husband Jeremy Abrams this winter, her rep confirmed Tuesday to E! News.

    Simmons, also special projects director at Food & Wine magazine, tied the knot with Abrams five years ago in a farmers' market-themed wedding.

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    And the contestants on Top Chef: New York had to cater her bridal shower, natch!

    Simmons' first child will join a Top Chef family that includes Lakshmi's daughter, Krishna; Tom Colicchio's three sons; and Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone's 1 1/2-year-old son, Hudson, with Lindsay Price.

    It looks like her 2012 memoir, Talking With My Mouth Full, is going to need as sequel!

    Talking to AdWeek a year ago, the mom-to-be addressed speculation that there's an on-set rivalry between her and Padma.

    "No, I have amazing respect for Padma, and even more so now that I host a show," Simmons said. "She has been incredibly supportive, and I realize now just how much work she does. The role of the host is a lot more complex than people think she is. I'm the Mary Ann to her Ginger, we like to say."


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