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Carla Hall from "The Chew" is one of the co-hosts of the ABC daytime program. She was also one of the chefs competing in "Top Chef 8: All-Stars," Season 8 of Bravo's reality cooking competition series. She originally was a contestant in Season 5, "Top Chef 5: New York."

Carla Hall cooks from the heart, balancing her Southern traditions, classic French training, and holistic approach to food as an entertaining expert, and owner and Executive Chef of Alchemy by Carla Hall in Washington, DC.

Carla's commitment to wellness and balance connects her passion for natural, organic, and locally sourced ingredients with her belief in yoga and meditation. For Carla, the preparation of dishes is a mindfulness practice, as well as an opportunity to transform and inspire the way people approach food. Carla's cuisine is based on a philosophy of authentic connections and her warmth can be felt in all aspects of her work. From the preparation and serving of her dishes to her interactions with guests at events, every relationship is given tribute and meaning.

A native of Nashville, Tennesse, Carla graduated from Howard University with a degree in Accounting. However, her passions were elsewhere. Carla's striking good looks led her to the catwalks in Paris, Milan and London, where she discovered her true love: food. After graduating L'Academie de Cuisine, Carla worked as the Sous Chef at the Henley Park Hotel, and Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club.



At age 42, Carla got married to Matthew, an attorney with the FDA, avid photographer, and master of their home kitchen; with that she also gained teenage stepson, Noah, and realized the beauty of family, which further inspired her passion for food.

Carla's charm and experience make her a natural teacher. Dedicated to sharing her philosophy of how to "Cook with Love," Carla has passed on her genuine love and joy for being in the kitchen by teaching at CulinAerie and L'Academie de Cuisine, as well as extending her personal philosophies in team building classes at different venues in the DC metropolitan area.

Carla is a believer that, "If you're not in a good mood, the only thing you should make is a reservation."


"Top Chef 8: All-Stars"

Hootie-hoo! Carla Hall started her season off quietly, but quickly proved she was a force to be reckoned with. Her classical technique helped her make it to the finale, eventually buckling under the pressure and losing to Hosea Rosenberg.


"Top Chef 5: New York"

Carla Hall is the chef and owner of Alchemy Caterers in Washington, DC. Her food balances the heart and soul of the South and the refinement of her classic French training. She enjoys creating memorable comfort dishes with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. She approaches each event as an opportunity to make a connection with the client and to change the way they experience food. She always has good European butter, Couverture chocolate, bacon, heavy cream, olive oil—pomace and extra virgin—on hand, and pies are one of her favorite things to make.

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Current Residence: Washington, DC
Profession: Owner/Chef, Alchemy Caterers
Culinary Education: C.C.T. L'Academie de Cuisine
Favorite Simple Summer Recipe: Small shaped pasta with hand mashed salted heirloom tomatoes, garlic, red wine vinegar, chilies and a great extra virgin olive oil
Favorite Simple Spring Recipe: Pea salad with radishes and feta cheese




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CARLA HALL (TOP CHEF): FACTS

How tall is Carla Hall? How old is Carla Hall? Where does Carla Hall live? Find out here.

Age: 50 years old
Birthday: May 12, 1964
Height: 5' 11"
Full Name / Real Name: Carla Patrice Hall
Birthplace: Nashville, TN
Current Residence: Washington, DC
Husband: Matthew D. Lyons





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janice says:
I made the chicken pot pie and it was the best, lots of flavor and will be one of my favorite thing to make ..Thank you ...Janice Castro Valley, CA
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