Gail Simmons’s Baby Is (Unsurprisingly) a Very ‘Adventurous Eater’

04/01/2015 at 03:21 PM ET

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Don’t insult this baby with hot dog pieces and mushy peas — Dahlia Rae Abrams, the 1-year-old daughter of Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and her husband Jeremy Abrams, wants the good stuff.

“My baby eats everything,” Simmons told PEOPLE Tuesday night at Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs Awards. “She’s such an adventurous eater. We took her to New Orleans last weekend and she ate fried chicken and crawfish.”

Not only does Dahlia Rae love to taste new flavors, but she also defies stereotypes about young ones refusing to eat their broccoli. “She’s obsessed with veggies,” Simmons said. “She eats all the veggies she can get down her throat. I really, really hope it sticks.”

When Simmons isn’t cooking food for her daughter, she’s lusting after fresh spring vegetables herself. “I’m just starting to cook some asparagus — the kind of stuff you really miss. It’s been such a long winter,” she said. “But it’s almost spring! We’re so close.”

Simmons, enjoying a rare night off from mama duties, was celebrating the announcement of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs for 2015 at a ceremony in N.Y.C.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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