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Chef, Best Selling Author and Television Personality

Carla Hall: Biography at a Glance

  • Carla Hall is a food contributor on ABC's Strahan and Sara
  • Former co-host of the ABC daytime talk show The Chew
  • Her book, Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, takes us back to her Nashville roots to offer a fresh look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine and the rich history behind it
  • Got her start as a competitor and fan favorite on Bravo's Top Chef
  • Served as Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club in Washington, D.C.
  • Author of the cookbooks Carla's Comfort Food and Cooking with Love
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Carla is best known as a former co-host of ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew.” She currently appears on ABC’s Strahan and Sara.  She 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. Carla believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others. 

Born in Nashville, TN, Carla Hall 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.

On the literary front, Carla has combined her loves of food, people, and culture to write several cookbooks. Her latest cookbook is Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration. She has two previous cookbooks - 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. Such organizations include Helen Keller International, an organization that works to improve the lives of those with blindness, and to prevent the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health, and malnutrition. She is also the Culinary Ambassador for Sweet Home Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. where she works to bring attention to and connects the experience of moving through the museum with the stories and history that inspires the food in the cafe.

Carla lives in D.C. with her husband, Matthew Lyons.

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“Carla was absolutely fabulous!!! Our social media sites are truly on fire. Carla is just as warm and personable in person as she appears to be on television. The event would not have been as wonderful without her.”

Mott Community College

“Carla Hall captivated our attendees with her blend of humor, southern humility and charm and business savvy.”

Les Dames d’Escoffier

“Everything went so well with Carla! She really added so much fun and laughter to her culinary demo that the audience truly enjoyed!”

Culinary Chairperson, Mushroom Festival

“She has an amazing personality and truly likes interacting with people. She was a perfect fit for this event – we couldn't have been happier.”

Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce

“Carla was so warm and welcoming to all her fans, and the dinner was a hit. We were very happy and certainly had some fun hanging out.”

Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival 2015

“She gave a wonderful speech and was very animated in her presentation, all from the heart and all without notes. Everyone was thrilled with the day.”

The Women's Summit at Bryant University

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