Who can forget Carla Hall? Twice a contestant on Top Chef, she was voted “Fan Favorite” her second time around, which is equivalent to being named “Miss Congeniality” in the old Miss America days. She was lots of fun to watch and never an unkind word came out of her mouth, a trait sadly missing from Top Chefs most of the time. She made it all the way to the finals, her recipe for Chicken Pot Pie landing her an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. Sadly she suffered major equipment failures in the finals and was bounced off the show. But talk about bouncing back. She is now a fixture on ABC’s “The Chew” where she enlivens the proceedings with her philosophy of ‘Cooking with Love’ which became the name of her first Book subtitled ‘Comfort Food that hugs you’ (Simon and Schuster 2012). Since “The Chew” is taped within walking distance of our New York apartment, I was not surprised to see Chef Hall in our local supermarket where she greeted one all with her fabulous smile. My next encounter with Carla was in Food and Wine’s “Chef’s Easy Weeknight Dinners” (Time Affluent Media Group 2014). Her contribution to the book is a Mediterranean influenced riff on Shepherd’s Pie. And it’s well worth the 45 minutes it takes to make the whole thing.
Meeting the Producers and Cooks in Paris - A tasting of French cheese, charcuterie, wines & produce in Paris on the rue du Nil, home of Frenchie restaurant & Terroirs d'Avenir.
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