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Chef Carla Hall

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Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew” and is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo.”

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, the chef’s first restaurant, opened in New York City in late 2015. Carla is also the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory “petite bites of love” and other desserts. Her newest cookbook, Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World was published in April 2014, and her first cookbook, Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You, was published in November 2012.

Food is the one place where we allow differences, but it’s also the one place that we can see so many similarities.

Chef Carla Hall

A native of Nashville, TN, Carla attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland where she completed her culinary training. 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. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Matthew Lyons, and stepson Noah.

Fishing for Food Security

“The Chew” co-host Carla Hall travels with the poverty-fighting organization CARE on a Learning Tour to Mozambique to see solutions to global hunger and malnutrition.

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