OnlyOnAOL: Gail Simmons' holiday gift guide

Gail Simmons On "Top Chef"
Gail Simmons On "Top Chef"


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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