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Gail Simmons Is a Mom
Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons has been cooking up some exciting news: she’s a mom! Simmons and her husband Jeremy Abrams welcomed their first baby late last month. According to People, Simmons’ daughter Dahlia Rae arrived December 29th. Now there’s a good way to ring in the new year!

Gail Simmons Is Going to Be a Mom!

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons is cooking up something exciting! She and husband Jeremy Abrams are expecting their first baby this winter. Now there’s some news to sink your teeth into!

Tom Colicchio’s Newest Project

Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio

Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio is once again diving into the familiar waters of parenthood! The chef and his wife, Lori Silverbush, welcomed their second child together today. Mateo Lev — who weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces — joins Luka Bodhi (19 months) and Dante (17) in the Colicchio household.

Top Chef’s Richard Blais Welcomes a Baby Girl

Top Chef contestant Richard Blais just added a new ingredient to his family mix: a baby girl! The season 4 and season 8 contestant, who owns the Flip Burger Boutique, and his wife Jazmin announced Embry Lotus Blais’ birth earlier this week via Twitter. Embry joins big sister Riley, 2.5, in the Blais’ Atlanta, GA, home.

Nikki Cascone Welcomes Baby Boy

For some, whipping up something edible in the kitchen takes a miracle. Top Chef alumna Nikki Cascone has the cooking handled but calls her new baby her miracle. According to PEOPLE, Cascone and her husband, Brad Grossman, welcomed Jackson Robert on January 3rd. Jax, as the couple plan to call him, weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19-inches long.  Cascone, who calls Jax her miracle baby after struggling with edometreosis, and Grossman own Octavia’s Porch.

Brian Malarkey Welcomes Twins

Former Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey has expanded his family by two — and that’s the honest truth! The celebrity chef, who currently co-hosts TLC’s Kick Off Cook Off, and his wife Chantelle Marie welcomed fraternal twins on October 18th. Babies Miles James and Sailor Elizabeth join two-year-old Huntington “Hunter” O’Neil as the rules of the Malarkey roost.

This Week’s Baby Beat: February 21st-27th

Did you catch all the baby news this week? Check out our weekly wrap-up to make sure you’re up-to-date on who’s expecting, welcoming and naming!

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi‘s dream came true on February 20th when her daughter, Krishna Thea, was born.

Gary Busey and Steffanie Sampson welcomed Luke Sampson Busey on February 22nd. Busey’s newest son weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

The-Dream, who’s expecting a girl with Christina Milian, slipped in an interview with MTV and shared baby girl’s planned name: Violet.

• Country singer Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline announced that they’re expecting their second child this August.

Catherine Bell, who currently stars in Lifetime‘s “Army Wives,” and her husband are also expecting. The couple are evening things up: they’re currently parents to 6-year-old Gemma and are expecting a baby boy.

• NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is finally out of the baby race. He and Kate welcomed Anne Edwards — all 8 pounds, 4 ounces of her — on February 24th.

Jim Carrey is an early grandfather! Daughter Jane and her husband Alex Santana, lead singer for the band Blood Money, weren’t expecting Jackson Riley Santana until March 3rd. Jackson, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, had other ideas! He arrived February 26th.

• Another country singer, another August baby! This time, the expectant papa is James Otto, of “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” fame. New baby will be the first for Otto and his wife, Amy.

Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Welcomes Baby Girl

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi‘s dream came true on Saturday, February 20th, when she welcomed daughter Krishna Thea. Lakshmi had struggled for years with endometriosis, leading her doctor to call this pregnancy a miracle. The Top Chef hostess has consistently declined to announce the identity of Krishna’s father, but recent rumors have suggested he may be Adam Dell, the younger brother of venture capitalist and Columbia Business School teacher Michael Dell.

Padma’s Buttered Belly!
Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Expectant mama and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has been candid about her pregnancy since sharing the good news earlier this month.  First, she spoke about her struggles with endometriosis, and now she’s talking openly about her itchy baby bump!

At a New York City brunch to champion Reebok’s line of Pink Ribbon products, Lakshmi says she has a daily “buttering ceremony” to soothe her burgeoning belly.  She plans to keep butter on her plate as well, saying “I am as omnivorous as it’s possible to be. I always say there’s nothing I won’t eat and nothing I won’t wear.”

While eager to share about her progressing pregnancy, Lakshmi’s keeping mum on the father’s identity as well as the baby’s gender.  Guess we’ll find out at least one of those answers when she delivers in late March/early April.

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