Top Chef: Where Are They Now? Carla Hall

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“Hootie Hoo!” Hootie who?¬†Carla Hall, that’s who.

If you’ve watched¬†Top Chef from the beginning (or at least from season five) or even if you haven’t, there’s a good chance you know Carla Hall. She’s competed on not one, but two seasons of the show, and won fan favorite her second time around during season 8, which was¬†Top Chef All Stars.

Carla Hall has had a ton. of. lives. She earned her college degree in business, specifically in accounting, which led her to Price Waterhouse and a CPA. After that, she spent time modeling, mainly in Europe, which is where she learned to love food.

She came to¬†Top Chef season five in 2008 with a fair amount of cooking and business experience, and though she did¬†not win fan favorite that time, people fell in love with her. She became known not only for her signature phrase “hootie hoo,” but also for her food. She was a runner up that season and highlights included impressing Jacques P√©pin and Emeril Lagasse. In season eight she didn’t do quite as well, placing fifth, but she did win fan favorite.

Since then, she has not stopped.¬†Hall is one of the hosts of ABC’s popular show¬†The Chew¬†with¬†Mario Batali, Daphne Oz, Clinton Kelly,¬†and¬†Michael Symon, which is on five days a week and is currently in its fifth season. She has also published two cook books, both of which are focused on comfort food, a bakery located in NYC’s Gansevoort Market, and a Hot Chicken restaurant coming soon to Brooklyn.


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