Visiting Chef Series

Chef Carla Hall


Carla Hall first won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars” and shared her philosophy to always cook with love. She believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others.

Carla spent 7 years co-hosting ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew”, and is currently featured on the Food Network in shows such as “BakeAway Camp” (judge), “Thanksgiving, Holiday and Halloween Baking Championships” (judge), “Worst Cooks in America” and hosting "Best Baker in America". Her latest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, was published in 2018, landing on annual "Best Cookbook" lists across the country and receiving an NAACP Image Awards nomination.

Get ready, I’m bringing my style of everyday and celebration soul food to Chicago - one of my all-time favorite food cities. Working with Cooper’s Hawk and joining the delicious and varied Chicago culinary scene is such an exciting opportunity

The Esquire Vision

We bring the greatest Chefs from around the world to craft distinctive dishes that showcase their unique and varied culinary points of view, each dish paired with wine flights. Chicagoans and guests have an opportunity to experience the famous flavor profiles that these culinary masters are known for.

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Featured Dishes

This menu is inspired by Chef Carla’s commitment to heartwarming comfort food and features some of her signature dishing including Carla's Hot Chicken & Biscuits.