Double congratulations are in order for Top Chef judge Gail Simmons!
On Thursday, Simmons celebrated her 46th birthday by officially becoming a U.S. citizen. The Canadian-born cookbook author, who moved from Canada to New York over two decades ago, posted the big milestone on her Instagram feed.
“Yesterday was BIG. Sure, I turned a year older (who’s counting at this point?) but perhaps more importantly, after 23 years – almost to the day – as a New Yorker, I was sworn in as a US Citizen,” she captioned the post.
In the selfie, Simmons is holding a mini American flag standing in front of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in New York City.
One aspect of being a citizen that the Bravo star is looking forward to? Being able to finally vote.
“Next stop, registering to #vote! Ready to finally participate fully,” she added.
She also described the two-in-one celebration with friends and family.
“Also there was profiteroles and Champagne and lots of handmade cards from the kids, and cuddles and flowers and good friends, and maybe I shed a tear or two. 😆💪🏼🇺🇸🥳,” wrote the mom of two.
After thanking friends and fans for the flood of sweet birthday messages, she added, “I’m one overwhelmed and incredibly lucky American girl. 🤗”
Several of the chef’s celebrity friends commented on her momentous post, including Tyler Florence who wrote, “Congrats!!!”
Top Chef alum and winner of season 10 Kristen Kish also commented on Simmons’ post. “AMAZING!! Big congrats and even bigger hugs! ❤️,” she wrote.