"Cooking is the way I can give a piece of my heart to someone," says The Chew's Carla Hall. On this week's Special Sauce, I chat with Hall about how she hopped around on her career journey, going from being an accountant at Price Waterhouse ("Accounting was my safety job, but I hated it," she recalls) to modeling in Europe (she often paid for her lodging there by cooking for her hosts) to running a lunch delivery service in Washington, DC, to becoming a contestant on Top Chef.
How'd she end up on TV? Hall tells us the producers called her unsolicited: "I thought it was a crank call." She talks about how she preferred to be on either the top or the bottom rung of contestants for any challenge issued to the group—you're sure to get feedback that way—and why she really didn't mind being on a reality TV show. "They couldn't make me mean, but they could make me weird and quirky," she says. "But how far is that from who I am? It's not exactly a stretch."
Wondering about the origins of her catchphrase, "hootie hoo"? You'll have to listen to Special Sauce to find out.