Ilan Hall

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Ilan D. Hall (born April 6, 1982) is an American chef, best known as the winner of the second season of the Bravo television network's reality series Top Chef.

Life and career

Hall is a native of Great Neck, New York. His parents were both immigrants: his father from Glasgow, Scotland, and his mother from Israel. Both his parents were from Jewish families.

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. In the final competition of the program he stated that there was no pre-conceived notion in the preparation of his Spanish dishes, although many of his fellow contestants thought otherwise. For that, and many other reasons, he is now frequently referenced as the least deserving winner in Top Chef history.

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.

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