Behind the Scenes of Carla Hall: Star of New Max Series ‘Chasing Flavor’

Carla Hall has become a household name, synonymous with warmth, energy, and of course, delicious food. From her early days competing on Bravo’s Top Chef to becoming a beloved co-host on ABC’s Emmy award-winning series The Chew, Carla has captured the hearts of millions with her infectious laugh, genuine spirit, and cooking philosophy centered around love. 

It’s no wonder that Carla Hall now stars in her own HBO Max series Chasing Flavor. Critics are positively comparing Chasing Flavor to classic Food Network series such as Unwrapped.

In an interview with, Carla Hall said “I want people to look at this show with curiosity…they can learn about something that they have been eating and that they love” 

But Carla’s journey and impact extend far beyond the kitchen. In fact, at SuperBowl LVIII, it reached the gridiron. Let’s dive into the multifaceted career of this culinary powerhouse and see how she continues to inspire and influence.

A Journey Through Food and Television

Carla Hall’s culinary career is marked by her passion for bringing people together through food. Her appearances on Top Chef and Top Chef: All Stars showcased not only her skill and creativity but also her philosophy that cooking should always be done with love. This mantra resonated with viewers and set the stage for her future endeavors.

For seven years, Carla co-hosted The Chew, where she further endeared herself to audiences with her warmth, humor, and expertise. But Carla’s presence on television didn’t stop there. She has been featured on the Food Network in shows such as Thanksgiving, Holiday, and Halloween Baking Championships, sharing her culinary talents with a broader audience.

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Authoring Success

Carla Hall is not just a chef but also a celebrated author. Her 2014 cookbook, Carla’s Comfort Foods, is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon in American soul food cooking as of 2024. Her follow-up, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, received critical acclaim and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. These cookbooks reflect Carla’s deep appreciation for soul food. What’s more, they present soul food in a way that is accessible for everyday cooks while celebrating its rich cultural heritage.

In 2021, Carla ventured into children’s literature with Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, published by Denene Millner Books. This debut picture book showcases her storytelling ability and continues her mission of spreading joy and love.

Beyond the Kitchen to the Gridiron

Carla Hall serves on the board of GENYOUth, and together, they hosted “Taste of the NFL” at Super Bowl LVIII. With 25 celebrity chefs and 30 NFL legends, they rallied to take down student hunger. 

Taste of NFL attendees enjoyed autograph sessions, sports memorabilia auctions, and special FEED gift bags.

Net proceeds from “Taste of the NFL” supported school nutrition programs and the delivery of critical school meal equipment packages to high-need Nevada schools. 

Moreover, Carla Hall’s influence extends well beyond culinary arts. She has discovered a passion for keynote and motivational speaking, sharing her secrets to success, the importance of discovering your authentic self, and how growth can come from facing your fears. Through her speeches, Carla inspires others to pursue their passions with courage and authenticity.

Carla Hall is a culinary force to be reckoned with. Her passion for food, combined with her charismatic personality and ability to engage any audience, makes her the perfect choice for hosting food demonstrations at corporate events.

We, the Mollie Plotkin Group, are excited to offer our clients this unique opportunity to add a touch of culinary magic to their events. Corporations interested in hiring Carla Hall for their next event can contact the Mollie Plotkin Group directly for booking information.

A Sweet Heritage

In an interview with She Knows, Carla says she connects with the spirits of her beloved grandmothers through her cooking. Through her Sweet Heritage line of cookware with QVC, Carla wishes to pass these powerful, nostalgic feelings to home cooks everywhere. In the same interview, she says that she modeled Sweed Heritage to feel fresh and modern, with vintage touches. In doing so, she perfectly reflects her love of soulful cooking.

More than a Celebrity Chef, an Inspiration

Carla Hall is much more than a celebrity chef; she is an inspiration. Through her cookbooks, motivational speaking, charitable work, and Sweet Heritage line with QVC, Carla spreads joy wherever she goes. As we celebrate her remarkable journey so far, it’s clear that she will continue to influence and inspire for many years to come.

Carla Hall signing a cookbook

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