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Fast Facts

  • Painfully shy as a child, she was enrolled in an acting camp by her mother at age 11, and quickly became hooked.
  • At 5-foot-11, she worked as a model in Europe, where she discovered her passion for cooking.
  • Classically trained at the L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Md., which she attended while running her own lunchtime catering business.
  • A fan favorite during Season 5 of Top Chef, she spawned a memorable catchphrase with her "hootie-hoo" call.
  • Released her first cookbook, Cooking With Love: Comfort Foods That Hug You, in November 2012.
  • Owns Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company based in Silver Spring, Md.


  • Noah Lyons — Stepson
  • Matthew D. Lyons — Husband


  • Howard University, Washington, D.C., United States (BBA in Accounting, 1986)

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  • Birth Name: Carla Patrice Hall
  • Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Profession: Celebrity chef, Former model, TV personality

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