Celebrity Chef Carla Hall is a lively Celebrity Chef and TV personality who is a featured co-host on ABC’s The Chew with Clinton Kelly, Mario Batali, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon. She is also recognized from her appearances on the hit Bravo cooking competition series Top Chef where she cooked her way into the finals of season 5 and season 8. Since Top Chef, Carla continues to cook from the heart with a mix of Southern cooking traditions and classic French training. She published the first of 2 cookbooks in 2013 called Cooking With Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You. In 2014, she released her latest cookbook titled Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes From Around the World. To compile the list of recipes for this second cookbook, Carla traveled to various parts of the world to find signature comfort food dishes from different cultures and geographical locations. Many companies and corporations have chosen to hire Carla Hall for a variety of events including trade shows and live cooking demonstrations.
In 2001, she started her own catering business called Alchemy by Carla Hall. Carla uses natural, organic and locally grown ingredients and is committed to wellness and balance. Her cuisine is based on a philosophy of authentic connections and her passion can be seen through all aspect of her work—from preparation and serving to her interactions with her restaurant guests.
Carla began attending Howard University to earn an accounting degree before realizing her true passion was food. She went on to graduate from L’Academie de Cuisine, and began work as a sous chef at Henley Park Hotel and executive chef at The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club. Currently, along with her restaurant, she teaches at CulinAerie and L’Academie de Cuisine and works with the team building classes at various venues around the D.C. area.