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Women need to have realistic expectations from themselves: 'Top Chef' judge Gail Simmons

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
"Top Chef" judge and culinary expert Gail Simmons says women have often felt weighed down with the tag of being "multitaskers" but she believes they need to have "realistic expectations" from themselves.
The 42-year-old TV personality, who gave birth to her second child, son Kole in May, said she has toiled to build her career but sometimes she has taken things slow when it got "frustrating".
"I think there's a lot of pressure on women to do everything... I have worked for so long to build my career and be able to still maintain that. But you have to sacrifice and compromise, because you can't definitely do everything all the time and that can be very frustrating. I think it's important for women to be good to themselves and have realistic expectations and understand that you will not be able to do everything all at once," Simmons told PTI in an interview over phone from the US.
"But that doesn't mean you cannot do things over time. You just need to space yourself and take help from your family, your partner, your spouse, your children and your friends. You need to rely on others to get you through it. That's very important," she added.
The Canadian food writer said women still struggle to maintain the work-life balance and they often end up feeling guilty for going to work.
"It's very hard to stay at home and not have an income. I think working full time and being a mother is a very difficult thing. It doesn't matter how much help you have, you still want to be there for your children, you want to be the best mother you could be. But also want to provide for the family outside of being a mother and you still want to work."

Simmons is excited for the 14th season of "Top Chef", which starts airing from September 24 on weekdays at 9 p.m. on AXN.
Shot in picturesque in Charleston, South Carolina, the celebrity chef said it was an interesting location with its rich culture and unique food.
She said the new installment of the reality cooking show will have a bit of old and new.
"This time we have new contestants and we are also bringing back a handful of our former contestants. The relationships among them were very strong this season. It was wonderful to see in the kitchen. It's amazing to see how they interact with each other in the kitchen. That really makes the season different than ever before."

Calling "Top Chef" as the most "professional" cookery shows in America, Simmons said their contestants have remarkably changed the landscape of the country over the last 14 years.
"In America, most of the food shows on TV are about people who want to be chefs, or people who are just learning to be chefs as opposed to being about professional their whole career. They are ready to be stars and they are the next generation of best chefs across the country. It's incredible to see how much success they have had after the show.
"The restaurants opened by them and they have all won awards, have television shows and books. I think this is the testament to how talented they are and the show is really about finding out extraordinary talent and bringing them into the spotlight," she said.

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First Published: Aug 30 2018 | 2:20 PM IST

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