OnlyOnAOL: Gail Simmons' holiday gift guide

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What's tops for chef Gail Simmons? Oil and aprons and totes, oh my!

Castillo de Canena Smoked Arbequino: "I am obsessed with the smoky deep smell and flavor of this oil and find myself using it on everything. I can't get enough for drizzling over fish and meat, soups and roasted vegetables and of course for salad dressings. It's the best gift for the cook who has everything."




'Hot Bread Kitchen' cookbook: "Bread is food for the soul and Hot Bread Kitchen happens to make some of the best in NYC. Their new cookbook allows you to not only make it yourself at home but a portion of the proceeds from books sales goes towards the nonprofit's social mission to employ and empower immigrant women in the culinary industry. Giving back has never tasted so good!"



Hedley & Bennet Adele 2.0 apron: "Real chef's aprons, smartly designed and perfect for cooks of all levels, these H&B aprons have beautiful but durable feminine accents and make you feel like a boss! I never cook without mine!"



"Canvas Servingware cake stand: "I give these as gifts all year round but they are especially festive at this time of year, sleek and shiny, they look great on any table."



Pottery Barn Kids Chelsea kitchen All-in-1: "Because my daughter's play kitchen should be as beautiful as mine, if not more so...I want her to dream big!"



3.1 Philip Lim 31 Hour tote bag: "I'm desperate for a bag I can schlep around NYC that is stylish and cool but big enough to fit my computer, my makeup bag and everything else (even at times a change of shoes). This is IT!"


Staub cast-iron round tea kettle: "This is the only small kitchen appliance that my design-obsessed husband will allow me to keep out on our stovetop or counter. It's a stunner. I need one!"

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Gail Simmons arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Television personality Gail Simmons attends the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2015 Upfront at The Jacob Javits Center on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Gail Simmons, left, and Padma Lakshmi arrive at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Host and judge Curtis Stone and judge Gail Simmons introduce a preview of episode one at the "Top Chef Duels" Premiere Tasting Event, hosted by Chase Sapphire Preferred and Bravo, at the Altman Building, on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)
Hugh Acheson, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio arrive at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHASE SAPPHIRE PREFERRED - Marketing Director for Chase Sapphire Preferred, Jeff Bedard, left, Bravo Media President Frances Berwick, Andy Cohen, executive vice president of development and talent at Bravo, head critic Gail Simmons, host Curtis Stone and Bravo Media Vice President of Partnership Marketing Jamie Cutburth attend "Top Chef Masters" Season 5 Premiere Tasting Event presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred and Bravo at 82 Mercer on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan AgostiniInvision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)
Padma Lakshmi, right, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Gail Simmons and Andy Cohen arrive to the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Saturday, March 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons pose in the press room with their awards for outstanding reality-competition program for "Top Chef" during the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Host Padma Lakshmi, left, and judge Gail Simmons are seen onstage during the presentation for "Top Chef: Las Vegas" at the NBC Universal Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
**COMMERCIAL IMAGE** In this photograph taken by AP Images for Bravo, Top Chef Just Desserts Day Wednesday, September 15, New York, NY -- Pictured: (l-r) Gail Simmons, Frances Berwick, President, Bravo Media. (Diane Bondareff/ AP Images for Bravo)
Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, from the show "Top Chef," arrive for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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