Bill Rancic Bio

Bill Rancic is the host of Kitchen Casino

Photo by: Todd Plitt ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Todd Plitt, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Bill Rancic burst onto the public scene as the first-ever winner of NBC's The Apprentice. Ten years later, this successful entrepreneur wears many hats — television producer, best-selling author, television personality and co-owner of the popular RPM-Italian restaurant. Rancic is the co-executive producer and co-star (along with his wife, Giuliana Rancic) of their reality show, Giuliana and Bill. He also co-hosts the successful nationally syndicated television show, America Now, which recently celebrated its 500th episode and is currently in its fourth season. Rancic is the author of The New York Times best-sellers You’re Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life as well as Beyond The Lemonade Stand. Rancic and his wife co-authored the best-seller I Do, Now What?, in which the couple shares their secrets to everlasting love and understanding.

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Aida Mollenkamp Bio

With a diverse culinary background and a passion for sharing her knowledge with food enthusiasts, cooking expert Aida Mollenkamp prepares delicious dishes while providing answers to questions submitted by Food Network viewers in her interactive cooking show, Ask Aida. From recipe and ingredient issues to advice on kitchen machinery and tools, Aida even offers guidance for impromptu parties, feeding a crowd, make-ahead dishes, and time-saving tips. Growing up with an Italian-American mother and a French stepmother, Aida was always surrounded by good food. Eventually, she made her way into the kitchen and discovered her true passion for cooking. In the years since, Aida has worked everywhere from a gourmet deli and California Pizza Kitchen to the Hotel Bel Air and, most recently, at CHOW.com. Having studied Hospitality Management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Aida worked at Ernst & Young in Hotel and Restaurant Consulting before traveling to Europe to attend culinary school at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Paris. She lived between Florence, Italy and Paris, France for two years, and graduated with a Grand Diplôme in 2004. In January 2005, Aida joined the editorial staff at San Francisco-based CHOW.com, a Web site created for food and drink enthusiasts. As the Food Editor, Aida fulfills many roles. She regularly appears in instructional videos for the site, serves as an expert spokesperson, runs the test kitchen, works as a lead food stylist, develops recipes, and writes informative articles. When not working, Aida continues to live the life of a food fiend, whether hunting out the hottest restaurants, searching for the newest artisanal products, or hosting her friends and family at laidback dinner parties and lively cocktail hours. She currently resides in San Francisco.

Carla Hall Bio

A native of Nashville, Carla Hall received a degree in accounting from Howard University, but traveling through Europe awakened her passion for food and inspired a new career path. Carla 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, D.C. She also served as executive chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club, and she has taught classes at CulinAerie and her alma mater L’Academie de Cuisine. Her approach to cooking blends together her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites. In addition to being a judge on Halloween Baking Championship, Carla was a co-host of ABC’s daytime talk show The Chew, and she is best known as a competitor and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. She is the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory "petite bites of love." In 2012 Carla released her debut cookbook, Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You, and in 2014 she released Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World. In 2015 she opened her first restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, a fast-casual eatery featuring iconic Nashville classic dishes and family recipes. Carla lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Matthew Lyons, and her stepson, Noah.

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