Finalist of the cooking competition show Top Chef in the fifth and eighth season, Carla Hall is an American chef, model, author and TV personality who currently co hosts a TV show on ABC network titled The Chew that focuses on food from multiple angles. She is married to Matthew Lyons, and her husband is a photographer and a lawyer. Let's take a look at her bio. Hall was born on 12th May 1964 in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated with a degree in accounting from Howard University's Business School.
It was in 1988 that she decided to do something totally different from the scope of her academic degree and started working on the runways of Paris, Milan and London as a model. These three cities, as they are known for their food culture had a positive impact on Hall and she fell in love with culinary arts. She returned to the United States and moved to Washington DC where she worked for four years in the Lunch Bunch, a lunch delivery service that she herself started. Thereafter, she graduated from L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland with a certificate in Culinary Career Training. In 1996, she joined for externship at the Henley Park Hotel and was promoted to sous chef.
In the times that followed, she worked as a sister hotel called the State Plaza as the executive chef, and at a private club called the Washington Club. She began her own catering business Alchemy Caterers in 2001, of which she is still in charge and has renamed Alchemy by Carla Hall. Selected in 2008 as a contestant for the fifth season of Top Chef, the initial half of the shows saw her in the middle rankings, but soon climbed to the top towards the end.
The final challenge in New Orleans however had her ending as a runner-up along with co-contestant Stefan Richter, and Hosea Rosenberg emerged as the champ finally. Despite not emerging as the Fan Favorite, Hall remained very popular among the viewers for her personality and personal belief – that she calls her philosophy of “cooking with love” - that the food shows and reflects whether or not the person preparing is happy and calm, and if s/he is, then the food will be much better.
She re-appeared on Top Chef: All Stars, the eighth season of the show and was eliminated in the first round of the finals, but was awarded Fan Favorite of the season to her consolation. She also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon demonstrating her recipe for chicken pot pie. Hall is also the author of the book Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You, and appeared on the cover of Washington Post Magazine on 9th May 2009, on a feature about exercise and fame, titled Fit for Fame. She can be followed on twitter (@carlahall) for updates, and her popularity can be judged by the amount of followers she has there, which is 130 thousand. She has had no child so far with her husband, but the couple are good parents to a child that her husband had with his previous affair.