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Carla Hall

Ingredient: Chicken

About Carla

Carla is best known as co-host on ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew.” 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.

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.

On the literary front, Carla has combined her loves of food, people, and culture to write several cookbooks. She has published several cookbooks, including “Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration,” “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, including serving as the Culinary Ambassador for Sweet Home Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Carla lives in D.C. with her husband, Matthew Lyons.

Why I Love The Chicken

It's an ingredient that my family used for both celebration and every day meals, and a staple across most of my food memories. Fried chicken in particular reminds me of my Grandma Thelma.

Carla Hall’s Nashville-style Hot Chicken

Serves 8
Delicacies Chef's Table

Delicacies Chef’s Table

Sept 1 - Dec 31, 2018

Chef Carla chose to support non-profit The Door (New York City) with a monetary donation (resulting from sales) from Delicacies in 2019.


Before they were so unceremoniously reduced to nuggets and wings, the chicken was considered a messenger of the gods, a link between Them and Us. The cock crows at dawn, that liminal hour when we come into consciousness again and was therefore seen as having knowledge of worlds unseen. The chicken’s crow signifies a clean start, a good morning call from heaven, and a way to dispel the dark, the day before, whatever haunts us. Wearing this charm can provide protection from the impinging past. The humble chicken is not a coward, but in fact absorbs and bears all fears. Consider that act of generosity the next time you casually snack on its parts dipped in honey mustard.
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