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Famous Chef Shares Lessons Learned from Her Failed Restaurant

Carla Hall was a culinary TV star who opened her first restaurant in May of last year in Brooklyn. The food was delicious. Surely if anyone had what it took to operate a successful restaurant, she did, thought many. But her restaurant closed after 15 months. She shares what she learned from the experience.

Runway model-turned-caterer-turned-TV star Carla Hall has become a household name, thanks to a stint on season five of Top Chef and her work on The Chew, the Emmy Award-winning culinary variety show on ABC she hosts alongside Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Clinton Kelly.

But as Hall found out the hard way, fame doesn’t necessarily lead to success in the restaurant business. “Everyone assumed that my first restaurant's success was a foregone conclusion,” Hall said recently on stage at Nation’s Restaurant’s News MUFSO conference.

… “In fact, my previous success made it harder in some cases,” Hall told the audience at MUFSO. —Whitney Filloon, Eater

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