Chef Carla Hall Talks Top Chef, the Shift from Caterer to Food Media, and How to Make Amazing Biscuits

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About Carla Hall

Chef Carla Hall was a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. Carla spent 7 years co-hosting ABC’s Emmy award-winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew”. She’s been on multiple Food Network programs, was a judge on Netflix’s Crazy Delicious, and is a culinary contributor to “Good Morning America”. She’s the author of four cookbooks, in addition to a number of cookbooks put out by The Chew.

On This Week’s Podcast

On this week’s podcast, we discuss her Top Chef experience, and why she wanted to return for Top Chef All-Stars. We talk about the transition from catering to food media, licensing her recipes, and chef-in-residence programs. This is also a mini-Masterclass in biscuit-making. She talks about what makes a good (and bad) biscuit, and gives lots of actionable tips.

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The Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast – Episode 81 Chef Christina Pirello – Beating Terminal Leukemia Through Diet and Lifestyle, and Building the Christina Cooks Brand

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On the Chefs Without Restaurants podcast this week I have chef Christina Pirello of Christina Cooks. After already losing her mother to cancer, Christina was diagnosed with terminal leukemia in her mid-20’s. Not wanting to undergo traditional treatment for cancer, she ultimately changed her diet and lifestyle, and her cancer went into remission. She’s been cancer-free for more than 35 years now.

Christina wanted to share what she’d learned about food and cooking, and Christina Cooks was born. She started a cooking show on PBS (and won an Emmy in her first season), and has published eight cookbooks. While Christina maintains a vegan diet, she isn’t preachy about it.

We talked about her early days working in a professional kitchen, her journey to wellness, and how she built and grew the Christina Cooks brand.

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