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Ilan Hall
Ilan Hall in the kitchen at the Gorbels in 2010.
Born
Ilan D. Hall

EducationCulinary Institute of America
Culinary career
Cooking styleSpanish, Palestinian, Fusion
Current restaurant(s)
    • Ramen Hood
Previous restaurant(s)
    • ESH (2014-16)
    • The Gorbals (2009–2014)
    • Casa Mono
Television show(s)

Ilan D. Hall is an American chef. He won second season of Top Chef and is owner-chef of Ramen Hood in Los Angeles.[1]

Early life and education

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.[2][3]

As a teenager, Hall worked at Marine Fishery, a seafood store in his hometown of Great Neck[4] and was later trained at Italy's Lorenzo de' Medici Apicus Program[5][6] and at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

Career

Hall won season two of Top Chef. Ilan was a line cook at Casa Mono, a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. He had a rivalry with Marcel Vigneron during the show, with whom he attended culinary school at the same time.[7] Bravo ranked "The Head Shaving Incident" involving Hall and Vigneron as "probably the biggest scandal in Top Chef history."[8]

In August 2009, he opened his first restaurant, The Gorbals, in downtown Los Angeles.[9] Less than a week after opening, The Gorbals was shut down by the county health department because of an inadequate water heater.[10] It reopened on October 23, 2009, but then permanently closed in 2014.[11][12]

In 2014, Hall opened a second iteration of The Gorbals restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.[13][14] He redesigned the menu with a Palestinian Barbecue concept in 2015 and renamed the restaurant ESH, the Hebrew word for fire.[15] ESH closed in September 2016.

Hall opened Ramen Hood in Los Angeles at Grand Central Market in 2015.[1]

Hall hosted Knife Fight, a cooking competition show on the Esquire Network for four seasons.[16] The show ended in 2017 when NBCUniversal announced it was shutting down the Esquire Network cable channel.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b Repanich, Jeremy (17 March 2020). "Here's What All 16 'Top Chef' Winners Are Doing Now". Robb Report. Archived from the original on 11 April 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Matzo Balls Meet Bacon At Top Chef's Restaurant : NPR". M.npr.org. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2012-09-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Leventhal, Ben (January 29, 2007). "BREAKING: Top Chef Finale Spoiled AGAIN". Eater LA.
  5. ^ "Newsday | Long Island's & NYC's News Source". Newsday.
  6. ^ "Bio at the Top Chef website". Archived from the original on 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2007-02-02.
  7. ^ Patterson, Spencer (2008-06-05). "Now we're cooking". Las Vegas Weekly. Greenspun Media Group. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-12.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Thegorbalsla - Dunia Sementara, Akhirat Selamanya". Thegorbalsla.
  10. ^ "Gorbals Boils Over". Zagat.com. September 3, 2009.
  11. ^ Arfa, Orit (November 4, 2009). "Bacon-wrapped matzvah balls with Top Chef Ilan Hall". JewishJournal.com.
  12. ^ "The Gorbals (@thegorbals) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  13. ^ Houck, Brenna (2014-04-04). "Inside Ilan Hall's Urban Outfitters Restaurant in Brooklyn". Eater. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  14. ^ "Information Products Online". thegorbalsbk. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  15. ^ "Ilan Hall's The Gorbals Evolves Into Esh, an 'Palestinian Barbecue'". Eater NY. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  16. ^ Houck, Brenna (2013-08-13). "Watch a Preview for Knife Fight, Premiering Sept. 24". Eater. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  17. ^ Daniel Holloway (2017-01-18). "NBCUniversal to Shut Down Esquire Network (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety". Variety.com. Retrieved 2019-03-01.