Todd Hall’s career as a celebrity chef has been a roller coaster of critical acclaim, drug abuse, personal tragedies and ex-bosses with only good things to say about his talent.
Through all of it, Hall’s cooking kept pulling him back to the surface like a life jacket, because no matter what people said about him, his food spoke for itself.
Chef Todd Hall, a two-time James Beard honoree, finalist in the Bocuse d’Or and opening chef of La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort (which for many years was the only four-star Mexican restaurant in the world), has announced he will open Suegra Tequila Cantina in Tampa this February. The modern and upscale dining experience will feature Hall’s impressive farm-to-table menu. It will also provide food traceability, a way to “know where your food comes from,” to consumers curious about the origin of their meal’s ingredients.
Todd survived. In the face of a gut-wrenching childhood, the topsy-turvy world of the kitchen, and his own continuous cycle of self-destruction, the "bad boy of good food" lives to tell his tales. His life stories will make you laugh, cry, and may even inspire contempt. Hate him or love him, there is no denying his fiery disposition nor his love for the art of cooking.