If you’ve watched Top Chef or The Chew, then you know the quirky, lovable chef Carla Hall. Not only is she a co-host, but she’s also owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, opening up her very first restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, in Brooklyn and she’s performing a free chef demo at Chipotle’s music and food festival, Cultivate Festival, in Kansas City.
While she’s clearly one busy lady, she was able to sit down for a few moments to list out all the women who have inspired and supported her throughout the years — her woman crushes. And here they are, in her own words:
Sherrill Berryman Miller
“She was my dance teacher at Howard University and she was strong and she pushed us and really I credit her for giving me the discipline to do everything that I love.”
“The beauty of her writing always struck me, but even more than that, the heft of her voice has always been something I found incredibly inspiring. She was such a strong woman, and I’ve always admired that.”
“I so much admire how she balances her spirituality with her career. How she handles being a very public persona. And also, of course, being able to watch and study a black woman who ‘made it’ definitely influenced me.”
“It was her books that my cousin gave me during a tough time in my life that really helped me. When I started on my own path to spirituality, it was with the help of Marianne Williamson, and I still follow her.”
“She is so selfless, yet so strong. And I appreciate her more today than I did growing up. She keeps our family together.”
Katherine Newell Smith
“She was the woman who put my name in for Top Chef — and that changed the course of my life.”
Be sure to catch Carla Hall at Cultivate Festival on July 23 in Kansas City. Her demonstration starts at 5:15 p.m. — and it’s free!