“Top Chef” vet Carla Hall is preparing for her daytime TV debut next month as part of ABC’s “The Chew,” alongside co-hosts Clinton Kelly of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” celebrity chef Mario Batali and Dr. Oz’s daughter Daphne Oz. But the program already has a contingent of haters among soap fans because it replaces longtime soap “All My Children.”
Presented as a food version of “The View,” “The Chew” will include “field pieces, food stories, and explore the world through a food lens,” notes executive producer Gordon Elliott.
And to the folks hoping the show will fail, “I hope they give us a break,” he told critics this month at the Television Critics Association press tour. “And if they just sit down for five minutes, they’re going to really enjoy Carla and Clinton and the company of Daphne and others. And if they don’t like it, I can’t control that.”
What is controlled on the show are the “hot topics” that the co-hosts will bring to the table. Hall, a Nashville native and longtime Washington D.C. resident, plans to give some airtime to some her interests outside the kitchen, including the affordability of healthy food in poorer areas.
“I’m very much involved in various organizations dealing with that issue, like D.C. Central Kitchen, and I do know that food stamps can be used in certain markets. But as we make bring the awareness of all of these issues, it’s really great,” Hall told critics. “I mean, not that we are being politicians or anything, but I think the awareness and actually talking about certain issues is very important and something that is near and dear to my heart and some of the other co-hosts. You get to know us and the things that we believe in and want to actually share with people.”
In the bonus audio below, Carla gives us her idea of a quick and easy meal to prepare upon coming home from work exhausted.