Although Carla Hall graduated in accounting earlier, fate had decided different for her. Her love for culinary arts emerged while she was modeling during her mid-20s. Her very first venture into food industry was a delivery service called The Lunch Bunch. Her interest in the arts of food led her to join L’Academie de Cuisine and eventually came out holding Culinary Career Training Certificate.

In 1996, she did an externship at Henley Park Hotel, where she was promoted to sous chef. Following that, she was hired as executive chef at the Washington Club and State Plaza. In 2001, Carla began her own catering company named Alchemy Caterers, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Top Chef marked the real start of Carla’s culinary career

A significant turn in Carla Hall’s career came when she participated in the 5th season of cooking show Top Chef in 2008. At the early phase of the season, she was finishing in middle place. Later, she made progress and was in top position for Thanksgiving challenge. She won Super Bowl XLIII tickets when she awed judges with her scrumptious crawfish gumbo. She won two more challenges and eventually ended up as runner-up in the final losing to Hosea Rosenberg.

Yummy! Carla Hall preparing pineapple glazed ham

Carla became popular for her tasty food and recipes in the show and also for her catch phrase Hootie Hoo!. She made her comeback in the 8th season of the show and continued impressing all with her delicious food throughout the season. While appearing on the show, she demonstrated the recipe for chicken pot pie on the show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. At the end of the season, Hall secured the 5th position.

Hall was even awarded the title of Fan Favorite for that season by the viewers of the show. Currently, Carla is appearing as one of the four co-hosts of ABC’s one-hour talk show called The Chew. She owns a restaurant named Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen. Her petite cookies are in demand and millions of people surf the web for her cookies and pie crust recipes.

The exact figure of her salary hasn’t been disclosed. But we can assume that she is getting a hefty salary from her current co-hosting job.  As of early 2017, her net worth is estimated to be $2.5 million. 

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Now an acclaimed chef, Carla Hall was a runway model in early days

Though her modeling career is in her distant past, her fans, who haven’t seen her modeling avatars would be curious enough to know how would she look as a model.

Well, she had experienced a successful modeling career walking runways in the Paris, London, and Milan. While talking to Media Company, iVillage in 2011, she revealed that she didn’t have a dream of pursuing a modeling career while growing up.

She further added, “A lot of times girls grown up wanting to model. I didn’t. I fell into it at Howard University, and then I hated my account job and I went to Paris, as you do, and just had a telephone number and beat the pavement”. She is believed to have started her modeling career at 25 years of age.

Carla Hall walking runway at Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection 2015

She said, “It was a wonderful experience of being on my own, being in a foreign country and actually thinking that I was taking care of myself”. Carla also faced some negative reviews about her looks, ears, and nose. Some people even referred her as a bird. There are many modeling pictures available of Carla photographed during the early 1990s and late 1980s.

Now 52 years age, Carla Hall had moved on from her modeling career and making her name widely popular as one of the highly praised chefs of the United States. The beautiful culinary expert, Carla Hall possesses a slim body with measurements approx. 34-24-34 inches and stands tall with the height of 5 feet 11 inches. The captivating dark brown eyes and curly black hair are her trademarks.

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