We have to give credit where credit is due. The chefs who came back for this All-Star season of Top Chef have given us lots of reasons to root for them. And the quality of this season has done a lot to wash the bad taste of Season 7 (filmed here in Washington) out of fans’ mouths.
By the end of tonight’s episode, we’ll be down to four remaining chefs. And if bringing an extra chef along to the finale in the Bahamas means we get one additional week of sunny skies and killer cooking, we’re all for that.
Yesterday, we shared our interview with Mike Isabella as we head into the finals. Today, we’ve got our pick for fan favorite, Carla Hall. There’s something about the way Carla seems to root for everyone to succeed that is endearing and rare on competition shows like Top Chef. Watching her fall short of her own expectations – especially when working with “her flavors” and cuisines – is heartbreaking. But we’re not telling you anything you haven’t already seen for yourself.
We talked to Carla about her deceptively strong performance so far, her involvement with local causes, and some of the things she’s got in the works:
Capital Spice: You’ve really come out swinging this season! Three Elimination Challenge wins, three big prizes. How does it feel so far?
Carla Hall: It’s great, but I really don’t know when Matthew [her husband] and I are going to get a chance to take all those trips.
CS: Beyond the trips, you seemed really excited to win Jimmy Fallon’s challenge. Are you that big a fan of his?
CH: There were two things going on there. I’m definitely a fan of Jimmy’s, and it was so much fun to be on his show. He really is just like you’d expect him to be. But I’ve got a personal connection to chicken pot pie as well: that’s the first thing I ever tried to cook for myself back when I was modeling and going back and forth to Paris.
CS: So this was a recipe you’ve made before?
CH: It was, though I’ve never tried to make the upper crust by forming them around cookware like I did. I’m glad it worked out!
More of Carla’s projects in the works after the jump.