About the Host & Judges
With over 20 years of acting, writing, hosting and producing credits, John Henson is a veteran of the television industry. Henson began his professional career as a stand-up comedian, touring the country before gaining audience attention and critical acclaim as host, writer and co-executive producer of E! Entertainment’s Talk Soup. In this role, John won a cult following, and three Emmy Award nominations. Over the course of his career, he has also co-hosted and produced ABC’s Wipeout, Spike TV’s The John Henson Project, and TV Guide Network’s Watch This. He also starred in FX’s Anger Management and NBC’s My Name is Earl, and hosted truTV’s Funniest Commercials specials as well as guest hosted of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
In October 2016, John was a celebrity guest on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity, where he made it to the semi-finals and won a donation for a children’s charity he and his wife, Jill, support and is a cause close to their hearts. Currently, John resides in Los Angeles with his wife, son and daughter.
A native of Nashville, Carla Hall received a degree in accounting from Howard University, but traveling through Europe awakened her passion for food and inspired her to follow a new career path. Carla attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, where she completed her culinary training, going on to work as a sous chef at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. She also served as executive chef at both State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club, and she has taught classes at CulinAerie and her alma mater L’Academie de Cuisine. Her approach to cooking blends together her classic French training and her Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites.
In addition to being a judge on Halloween Baking Championship, Carla is a co-host on ABC’s daytime talk show The Chew, and she's best known as a competitor and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. She is the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory “petite bites of love.” In 2012 Carla released her debut cookbook, "Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You," and in 2014 she released "Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World." In 2015 she opened her first restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, a fast-casual eatery featuring iconic Nashville classic dishes and family recipes. Carla lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Matthew Lyons, and stepson Noah.
Zac Young is the Pastry Director of Creaveable Hospitality Group, a nationwide company specializing in food and beverage management, licensing and consulting and responsible for the all-in-one Thanksgiving dessert sensation, The PieCaken. A graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts and The Institute of Culinary Education, his experience includes Bouchon Bakery in New York City, and Alexandra Guarnaschelli’s Butter Restaurant, as well as training in France with renowned chefs such as Philippe Givre at Valrhona and Philippe Parc at Chocolate Michel Cluizel.
Named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional, his passion and pastry wisdom has been showcased on Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets and on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, and Worst Cooks in America.