Chef, TV Personality

"One in five children in the United States don't know where their next meal is coming from. Feeding America gives each of us a way to help nourish those children, and to give them the comfort and love that we all deserve to have in our lives."

Carla  Hall  is  a  co­host  of  ABC’s  popular  lifestyle  series  “The  Chew,”  seated  alongside restaurateurs and “Iron Chef America” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz. Hall is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo” and her philosophy  to always cook with love. Hall is the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory “petite bites of love.” Her approach to  cooking blends her classic French  training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional  favorites.  She  is  committed  to  health  and  balance  in  everyday  living.  Her  newest cookbook,  Carla’s Comfort  Food:  Favorite  Dishes  from  Around  the  World  will  be  published March 25, 2014, and her first cookbook, Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You, was published in November 2012 and recently re­released in paperback.

A  native  of  Nashville,  TN,  Hall received  a  degree  in  Accounting  from  Howard  University,  but traveling through Europe awakened  her passion for food  and  inspired a  new career path. She attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland where she completed her culinary training, going on to  work  as  a  Sous  Chef  at  the  Henley  Park  Hotel  in  Washington,  DC.  She  also  served as Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club, and has taught classes at CulinAerie, Sur la Table  and  her alma mater, L’Academie de Cuisine. Hall is a true believer that, “If you’re not in a good mood, the only thing you should make is a reservation.” She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Matthew Lyons, and stepson Noah.