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Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” seated alongside restaurateurs and “Iron Chef America” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz. Hall is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Carla’s approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites. She is committed to health and balance in everyday living.

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen – the chef’s first restaurant is slated to open in NYC in early 2016.  A fast casual love letter to Nashville, the restaurant will feature iconic Nashville Hot Chicken and southern sides, which are anchored by Hall’s family recipes and perfected with her personal touches.  Her cookbooks are “Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World” and “Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You”.

A native of Nashville, TN, Hall received a degree in Accounting from Howard University, but traveling through Europe awakened her passion for food and inspired a new career path. She attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland where she completed her culinary training, going on to work as a Sous Chef at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, DC. She also served as Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club, and has taught classes at CulinAerie, Sur la Table and her alma mater, L’Academie de Cuisine. Hall is a true believer that, “If you’re not in a good mood, the only thing you should make is a reservation.”

Carla is also active with a number of charities and not-for-profit organizations that reflect her passion for causes close to her heart.  She serves as a Board Member for the Pajama Program and GenYouth.  Carla also actively works with Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen Chef Network, DC Central Kitchen, The USO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Feeding America, WCR (Women Chefs and Restaurateurs) and she serves on the advisory boards for the Edible Academy for the New York Botanical Gardens and for the Food and Finance School in New York City.  She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Matthew Lyons, and stepson Noah.

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John J. Burke was named president of WellCare of New York in September 2013. In this role, he is responsible for strategy, regulatory compliance, business development, provider contracting and relations, sales and marketing, medical management, finance and administration in New York.

He joined WellCare in 2004 and has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry. Previously, he served as the chief operating officer of WellCare of New York, where he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and led the successful re-launch of WellCare’s Medicare product in New York. He has also served as vice president of network management and director of Medicare expansion.

Prior to joining WellCare, John was vice president of network management for Healthfirst in New York and served on that company’s board of directors from 1999 to 2001. Before that, he served as the vice president of managed care at Creative Health Concepts and Episcopal Health Services. Earlier in his career, he held various positions at New York Life Insurance Company and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a master’s degree in leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

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Antwan Lewis is the co-anchor of Fox 5’s weekend newscasts.  Lewis joined Fox 5 news in 2010 as a general assignment reporter. Lewis most recently served for three years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WGN-TV in Chicago.

Prior to that, he spent four years as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KTVK-TV in Phoenix, Arizona. Before that, Lewis held a variety of positions at WTKR-TV in Norfolk, Virginia, starting as an intern and working his way up to a reporter.

Lewis is involved in various children’s charities and works closely with the visually impaired. He is an active supporter of the United NCF and has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Lewis has been awarded four Emmys and has nine additional nominations.

A graduate of Norfolk State University, Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and Journalism, as well as a Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Regent University. He resides in New York City.