Portrait of Carla Hall
Portrait of Carla Hall

Carla Hall

Carla Hall first won over audiences when she competed on Bravo's "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: All Stars" and shared her philosophy to always cook with love. She believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others.

Expertise: Food, Soul Food

Experience: Carla spent 7 years co-hosting ABC's Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series "The Chew", and she currently brightens the mornings of millions as a Culinary Contributor to "Good Morning America". Carla is featured on Food Network shows such as "BakeAway Camp" (judge) "Thanksgiving Baking Championship" (host), "Holiday Baking Championship" (judge), and "Worst Cooks in America". She was also a judge on "Crazy Delicious" (Netflix). Carla hosts a Podcast on the Wondery Platform called "Say Yes with Carla Hall", focused on interviews with successful people to explore how they overcame challenges and found ways to flourish. Her latest cookbook, Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, was published in 2018, landing on annual "Best Cookbook" lists across the country and receiving an NAACP Image Awards nomination.

​Born in Nashville, TN, Carla grew up surrounded by soul food. When the time came for her to select her career path, she first opted for a business route – she graduated from Howard University's Business School and worked as an accountant for two years – before deciding to switch gears to work as a runway model. It was during that time, as she traveled (and ate) her way through Europe for a few years, that she truly realized her deep-rooted passion for food could be her career path.

Today, she is a trained chef who has worked in several professional restaurant kitchens in and around the Washington, D.C. area and is an accomplished television personality and author. In addition to being featured in numerous cookbook collections including The Chew Television Series of cookbooks, Carla's other cookbooks are - Carla's Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World and Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You.

Carla is very active with a number of charities and not-for-profit organizations that reflect her passion for causes close to her heart. She is on the Board of Trustees for Helen Keller International, Pajama Program, GenYouth and 4H. The thread which runs through all of these things is advocating for the physical and mental well being of children.

Carla lives in D.C. with her husband, Matthew Lyons.
Crispy Biscuit Crackers
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Chef Carla Hall shared this recipe for turning leftover biscuits to make ridiculously crunchy crackers. Cut into thin slices and sprinkled with a dash of cayenne, they're a next-level addition to a cheeseboard.
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Made with a combination of grated cold butter for flavor and vegetable shortening for tenderness, Carla Hall's biscuits owe their towering, flaky layers to her classic laminating technique.
Carla Hall’s take on Bahamian cracked conch yields tender, extra-crispy shrimp with the help of a rolling pin to flatten and tenderize the flesh. Hold the shrimp by the tail when “cracking” them to make sure the tail doesn’t separate from the rest of the meat.
Pineapple-Habanero Relish
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The fresh pineapple is key here: its sweetness and acidity balance out this spicy blend of chiles. Stem and seed the chiles for a milder version, or keep the seeds for more heat.
On Tuesdays in January, inspiring chefs and entrepreneurs share the lessons they wish they could tell their younger selves. Here, Top Chef alumna shares tips she would tell her younger self.
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Rhubarb Pudding Cake
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When The Chew co-host Carla Hall wants to lighten a dessert, she adds fruit. In this supermoist, cinnamony pudding cake, she uses rhubarb (technically a vegetable but treated like fruit here). However, Hall says you can also add strawberries, or swap in peaches or berries. Slideshow: Cake RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners
When she’s cooking at home, The Chew co-host Carla Hall likes to prepare whole-grain salads. “They’re nutritionally awesome and really filling, plus they have a great neutral flavor that’s a blank canvas for anything,” she says. Here, she simmers red quinoa with white wine, tarragon and thyme, then tosses it with radishes, peas and lima beans. “It’s important to drain the cooked quinoa or the finished dish will be watered-down and clumpy,” Hall says. Slideshow: More Quinoa Recipes 
Rhubarb Pudding Cake
Rating: Unrated
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When The Chew co-host Carla Hall wants to lighten a dessert, she adds fruit. In this supermoist, cinnamony pudding cake, she uses rhubarb (technically a vegetable but treated like fruit here). However, Hall says you can also add strawberries, or swap in peaches or berries. Slideshow: Cake RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners
When she’s cooking at home, The Chew co-host Carla Hall likes to prepare whole-grain salads. “They’re nutritionally awesome and really filling, plus they have a great neutral flavor that’s a blank canvas for anything,” she says. Here, she simmers red quinoa with white wine, tarragon and thyme, then tosses it with radishes, peas and lima beans. “It’s important to drain the cooked quinoa or the finished dish will be watered-down and clumpy,” Hall says. Slideshow: More Quinoa Recipes 
The Chew co-host Carla Hall is a savory-pie specialist: As a contestant on Top Chef, she won a challenge by making the ultimate chicken potpie. For this Mediterranean revamp of a shepherd’s pie, Hall adds feta and fresh mint and swaps in fried potato slices for the usual mashed potatoes. Slideshow:  More Lamb RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners
TV chef Carla Hall layers red beets, sweet potatoes, Yukon Golds and turnips for her fantastic vegetarian gratin, which she top with a crispy Parmesan cheese crust. Slideshow:  More Casserole Recipes 
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These crunchy sautéed greens from chef Carla Hall get big flavor from garlic, lemon and crushed red pepper. Slideshow: More Vegetarian Recipes 
For entertaining, TV chef Carla Hall glazes a spiral-cut ham with apple cider, brown sugar, mustard, bourbon and sweet spices.   Slideshow:  More Ham Recipes 
Chef Carla Hall makes her own crunchy crackers to serve with this cheese spread, a riff on a Southern classic. Slideshow: More Bar Snack Recipes 
TV chef Carla Hall loves to feature cranberries during the holidays. She tosses dried cranberries, as well as apricots and nuts, with greens and minces fresh cranberries in her vinaigrette. Slideshow: More Salad Recipes 
TV chef Carla Hall brightens up roasted green beans with citrus and fresh herbs, then tops them with a crunchy almond crumb topping.   Slideshow: More Vegetarian Recipes 
TV chef Carla Hall adds a scoop of sweet butternut squash puree to the dough for these phenomenal rolls. Slideshow: More Biscuit Recipes 
TV chef Carla Hall combines moist gingerbread cake with sweet-tart lemon curd frosting to make this fabulous dessert. Slideshow:  Easy Holiday Dessert Recipes 
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"I adore savory cheese cookies with creamy asparagus soup," says Carla Hall. "Both are dead simple to make."Plus: Vegetable Tips and Recipes More Vegetable Soups