'Top Chef: New Orleans': Gail Simmons puts up with the heat for the gumbo

In late May, Bravo's "Top Chef" arrived in New Orleans to film its 11th season, premiering on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in a city famed for fun, food and fabulous music. Production wrapped in early July.But sitting as it does on the Gulf Coast in the Deep South of the U.S., the Big Easy is also known for warm weather -- and the "Top Chef" team could hardly have picked a toastier time of year.Says judge Gail Simmons, a cook and former food journalist,toZap2it, "It was incredibly hot outside. It was definitely taxing on our chefs that are cooking and on our production crew, shooting long hours and long days in 100-degree, 100 percent humidity weather. Otherwise, that was a small price to pay to get to do it in New Orleans."We mixed it up a lot. We're indoors; we're outdoors. We go into the countryside. So there were plenty of opportunities for us to cool down."On...



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