Carla Hall of ABC's "The Chew"

*Popular TV chef Carla Hall opens up to EURweb about her long and winding road toward the cushy, network co-hosting gig she currently enjoys on ABC’s daytime food-fest “The Chew.”

She first became known to reality TV fans three years ago on Bravo’s fifth season of “Top Chef,” then, followed it up on season 8’s “Top Chef: All Stars.” But, cooking was not something the 47-year-old Nashville native thought she’d be doing for a living after graduating from Howard University’s school of business.

“I started out actually as an accountant,” she told EURweb. Hall earned her accounting degree in 1986 and toiled for two years at Price Waterhouse before deciding that she’d rather be a model, which took her to the runways of Milan, London and Paris.

And it was in Paris where her love of food first took root.

“I’ve been on the spectrum where you think people do not eat, to actually eating a lot,” Hall says of her transition from modeling to cooking. “I’ve worked in restaurants, I had a catering company and I was on ‘Top Chef’ for two seasons, and now on ‘The Chew’ it’s just all about sharing my perspective on food.”

And just how did Carla find her two years at “Top Chef?”

Listen to her answer below.

Carla Hall on what she’s learned from two years of Top Chef by CherieNic