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Babson College hires Gail Simmons, judge on "Top Chef"

Posted by Your Town  February 22, 2013 12:14 PM

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Babson College has hired Gail Simmons, a judge from the Bravo network television show “Top Chef,” as the school’s “entrepreneur-in-residence,” according to a statement released by Babson College officials.

Simmons will mentor Babson entrepreneurs, particularly in “designing strategic marketing and communications approaches to their enterprises,” the statement said.

“As an inspirational food communications entrepreneur, Gail Simmons will share her rich and diverse experiences with students and help them shape ventures that will impact and add value to the world,” Susan Duffy, director of Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, said in the statement.

According to the statement, Top Chef is rated the No. 1 food show on cable television. Simmons also serves as the special projects director for Food & Wine magazine.

“Gail Simmons will be a tremendous resource for our students and faculty interested in virtually any aspect of food,” Cheryl Kiser, executive director of the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College, said in the statement. “She can bring opportunities to student entrepreneurs, offer the latest insights and thinking on food issues, and provide a wealth of knowledge to get people ready to develop food-related initiatives.”

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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