Who would have thought that a Top Chef judge and an editor of Food & Wine magazine got her start with something as simple as an Easy Bake Oven?
Who would have thought that a Top Chef judge and an editor of Food & Wine magazine got her start with something as simple as an Easy Bake Oven? It's hard to believe, but it's true, as Gail Simmons revealed to us at a 50th anniversary celebration for the iconic brand. That simple, light-bulb-powered oven may also be responsible for the star's famous sweet tooth based on the recipes she cooked as a kid.
Now six months along in her first pregnancy, Simmons just finished filming the 11th season of Top Chef in New Orleans, where she had to hide her pregnancy while shooting. Though Simmons isn't experiencing any real food aversions, she told us that raw animal proteins aren't very appealing right now, so she's sticking with a more fruit- and veggie-based diet. She lucked out on the set of Top Chef when none of the food bothered her — "just the volume of food and having to try 13 different dishes!" In terms what she can't wait to start eating again after she's given birth, we wouldn't be surprised if her first postbaby meal includes some runny eggs and good sushi!
In honor of the classic toy's big birthday celebration, Simmons went back to her roots to create two recipes using the oven and its cooking packets: a Humming Bird cookie inspired by the cake's popularity in the '60s, when the Easy Bake Oven made it's debut, and a Rocky Road cake that reached the peak of popularity in the '80s when Simmons was baking in her oven.
Keep reading for the recipes you and your tot can try out in your Easy Bake Oven.