You might feel as though you already know Carla Hall because she’s so outgoing and relatable on TV, but when you get to know her a little better, you’ll become an even bigger fan. That was the case for me as I sat down with the chef after her impressive live cooking demo during this year’s Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. As a longtime fan of ABC’s The Chew and an admirer of Carla’s authentic Southern cooking, I was stoked to get a chance to meet her. Carla, always elegant, approachable, and kind, shared her biggest cooking pet peeve, her favorite thing about working with Mario Batali and her other cohosts on The Chew, details of her upcoming cookbook, and more with POPSUGAR. Ahead, discover seven interesting facts that will make you love Carla Hall even more.