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Top Chef Reunion: Chefs Tiffany Derry and Carla Hall Host Dinner at Roots

Chef Carla Hall will host a dinner this Saturday with Tiffany Derry.
Chef Carla Hall will host a dinner this Saturday with Tiffany Derry. Roots Southern Table
Chef Tiffany Derry is welcoming another celebrity chef for a one-of-a-kind dinner at Roots Southern Table this Saturday, Oct. 8. An Evening with Carla Hall is a six-course meal paired with cocktails and wine.

Derry and Nashville-native Hall share a similar trajectory in their career paths. Both are known for their Southern-inspired dishes and both were contestants and fan favorites on Top Chef; they appeared on Season 8, "All-Stars" (Hall won fan favorite that season). They were roomies while filming that season.

Interestingly, Hall wooed the judges with her crawfish gumbo on an episode of Top Chef, a dish for which Derry is also well known. We've called it the best in North Texas.
Chef Tiffany Derry.
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Hall also co-hosted ABC's award-winning series The Chew, and is currently featured on the Food Network as a judge on holiday baking shows, in which Derry also dabbles. Hall's cookbook, Carla Hall's Soul Food, was published in 2018, and a children's book, Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, came out in 2021.

Hall recently made a stop at UT Arlington's Maverick Speaker Series and apparently stayed in town to spend some time with Derry at Roots Southern Table.

The six-course meal will start with Southern Picnic Nosh and Carla's biscuits. The second course will be charred cabbage followed by grilled redfish, then turkey wing and dumplings. The fifth course will be Rosewood wagyu steak, and the final will be Punch Bowl Cake. Each course is paired with a beverage.

Dinner is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and is $325 per person. Reservations are open.
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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.

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