|Born||Ilan D. Hall
April 6, 1982
|Education||Culinary Institute of America|
Life and career
As a teenager, Hall worked at Marine Fishery, a seafood store in his hometown of Great Neck and was later trained at Italy's Lorenzo de' Medici Apicus Program and at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). He attended the CIA at the same time as his Top Chef runner-up Marcel Vigneron. At the time of his season two Top Chef competition, Ilan was a line cook at Casa Mono, a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan.
He is perhaps best recognized as the winner of the most drama-filled season of Top Chef, which saw him involved in a series of non-cooking related antics intended to intimidate rival chef, Marcel Vigneron. Bravo, the television station producing Top Chef, ranks Ilan's partaking in "The Head Shaving Incident" plotted against Vigneron as "probably the biggest scandal in Top Chef history." Although only one contestant, Cliff Crooks, was sent home for administering physical punishment to Vigneron by forcefully holding him down for the intended shave, contestants Elia and Ilan were demonstrated to be accomplices since both had endorsed the hazing of a fellow competitor on camera. The behavior of most contestants throughout the season has unfortunately tarnished the integrity of the winner, leading many to cite Ilan and Marcel's disdain for one another as the most poignant aspect of season 2, as is demonstrated in the "Top Chef Reunion" episode hosted by season 5 contestant, Fabio Viviani. During this episode, staged several years after season 2, both Ilan and Marcel acknowledged that they had made amends since their departures from the hit cooking show and no longer were interested in being associated with the belligerence, which had plagued the near entirety of their particular season on Top Chef.
As of 2008, Hall lives in Los Angeles, California In August 2009, he opened his first restaurant, The Gorbals, in downtown Los Angeles. Less than a week after opening, The Gorbals was shut down by the county health department because of an inadequate water heater. It reopened on October 23, 2009.
It was revealed in 2010 that Ilan and his girlfriend are expecting their first son, Theo, together.
Hall is currently hosting a cooking competition show called Knife Fight. It was originally slated to premiere on April 23, 2013 on the Esquire Network, but was pushed to September 24, 2013 due to the network wanting to debut with a broader slate of original programming.
- Top Chef Finale Spoiled AGAIN
- Great Neck To Great Chef
- Bio at the Top Chef website
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- New York Daily News Interview June 12, 2008
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- Great Neck to Great Chef? Article at Newsday.com