About the Host
Best known for winning Season 2 of Top Chef, he is also owner of The Gorbals in downtown Los Angeles. Now, he’s the host of Knife Fight, a gritty new cooking competition show featuring after-hours cooking bouts between Hall’s chef friends in The Gorbals kitchen.
Hall’s culinary influences are as varied and far-reaching as the obscure ingredients the contestants on his show are cooking with. The child of Scottish and Israeli immigrants with roots in Eastern Europe, Hall was exposed at an early age to foods in Europe and the Middle East, as well as South America and Asia. At seventeen, Hall studied in Florence at the famed de Medici Cooking School. Then, he returned to the U.S. to receive his degree at the Culinary Institute of America as well as his certification in baking and pastry arts at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa, California. He got his first job working for Tom Colicchio at Craft, and went on to work at Casa Mono, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s celebrated Spanish restaurant.
He has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Today Show, and has been featured in Food & Wine, In Touch, Life & Style, the New York Times and more.