Carla Hall is a famous chef, TV personality and entrepreneur, who is best known as co-host of the one-hour talk show The Chew. Carla is also a former model. She first rose to prominence for making her way up to the finals on the 5th and 8th seasons of Bravo’s cooking competition Top Chef.
Carla Hall was once a runway model
Carla was born on May 12, 1964, in Nashville, Tennessee. She went to Howard University’s Business School and graduated majoring in accounting in 1986. Afterward, she worked at Price Waterhouse for two years and received Certified Public Accountant license. It was when she realized that her passion was not in a desk job but somewhere else.
In 1988, she entered glamor industry and spent several years walking runways of Paris, London, and Milan. However, modeling also wasn’t her ultimate career choice as she fell in love with culinary arts while modeling in those cities. She then returned to the US and start seeking for an opportunity in food arts. Her parents’ encouragement to follow her dreams helped her in realizing a passion for cooking.
Carla Hall’s impressive resume as chef: ‘Top Chef’ & ‘The Chew’
Carla’s journey as a chef began when she started a launch delivery service called Lunch Bunch. After four years there, she attended L’Academie de Cuisine and obtained Culinary Career Training certificate. Following that, while serving an externship at Henley Park Hotel, she became a sous chef and later worked as executive chef at State Plaza.
Hall’s career breakthrough came when she entered the 5th season competition of Bravo TV’s Top Chef and wowed judges and audience winning over several tough challenges. Her personality and her famous philosophy of ‘cooking with love’, which she defined as if one cooks with love then finally the cuisine will be better, made her extremely popular. She also participated on the eighth season of the show and reached the final.
Since 2011, she’s been one of the four co-hosts of the one-hour-long food-related show on ABC The Chew. She has published two cookbooks: Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You in 2012 and Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World in 2014. Moreover, she owns a restaurant Southern Kitchen in Brooklyn, New York.
Carla Hall and husband Matthew parent a son
Popular chef Carla Hall has been married to Matthew Lyons from a long time. She met a lawyer & photographer husband through online dating service called Match.com. The couple proudly parents a son named Noah, born from Matthew’s previous relationship.