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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