Foodie Fiends: Carla Hall

February 18, 2015  |  

Carla Hall is a chef and television personality. She was a finalist in the fifth and eighth seasons of “Top Chef,” Bravo’s cooking competition show. Today, she’s one of five co-host’s on “The Chew,” a one-hour talk show centered on food. Hall has written the cookbook, “Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You” and “Carla’s Comfort Foods.”

What’s on her plate now?

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen: a slow-cooked, fast-served neighborhood eatery serving up old-fashioned southern comfort goodness. She grew up in Nashville and learned to appreciate good food from her grandmother, Freddie Mae.

“My Nashville-inspired “spot next door” will take you back to my sweet ole’ Granny’s kitchen–the place my love of food started and what made me the chef I am today. I’m bringing the full-of-love, southern Nashville goodness to you, and done right!”

And now, she’s ready to serve up authentic Nashville love in New York City with…Nashville Hot Chicken! What is Nashville Hot Chicken? It’s a unique twist on southern fried chicken, traditionally fried in an iron skillet and then tossed in a spicy cayenne paste. Slow brined, brushed with her secret hot oil recipe, and crisped to perfection. You’ll find it served simply, on a slice of white bread with a dill pickle.

So why a restaurant now?

To be honest I resisted the idea of opening a restaurant for years. I didn’t know what I wanted to serve yet. I thought long and hard about it, and then it came to me like a sweet smell. Fried chicken! Fried chicken and southern sides! I’ll be servin’ it up real hot with some of my other favorite sides like southern greens, mac and cheese, picnic coleslaw, and don’t forget the country white bread and pickles. Oh, and cornbread waffles on the weekends. And then when it’s time for dessert? Goo Goo clusters, red velvet whoopie pies, bread pudding, and my guilt-free petite cookies! Can you taste the goodness?!

Become a part of Carla’s journey by supporting her Kickstarter campaign here.

Foodie Fiends: Carla Hall

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