Edmonton Red Seal chef Gail Hall has died at the age of 65 after a long fight with breast cancer. An email to Global News from her husband, Jon Hall, said she died at 6 a.m. Wednesday at the Cross Cancer Institute.
“She is now attending a party at which she does not have to cater or clean up,” Jon Hall said in his email.
Gail is well known in our city and to Global viewers. For the past several years she has been a regular weekend guest on Global News Morning with Kent Morrison and Kevin O’Connell.
“She’s one of our favourites,” is how they often introduced her and it was for good reason.
She always came to the studio early with a smile and a hug for everyone. After her segment was over, she stayed longer to make extra food for the crew to share when the show ended. She would never leave without a smile and at least a wave.
On one particular trip to Global Edmonton, Gail overheard Kevin talking about how he was craving a McDonald’s hash brown. Gail proceeded teach the audience how to cook a fabulous meal, leaving the leftovers for the crew as usual. Before the show was finished, Gail returned to the studio with a bag of hash browns for Kevin.
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“Just in case you’re still craving these,” she said with a smile.
Gail’s career and influence extended much further than local TV. For 18 years she owned Gourmet Goodies, an award-winning catering company in Edmonton. In 2005, she opened Seasoned Solutions Loft Cooking School and Culinary Tours. Seasoned Solutions promoted locally sourced ingredients while teaching students how to construct a three-course meal. Her tours took students around the world.
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In 2006, Gail was picked by the Province of Alberta to organize and present “Alberta at the Smithsonian” in Washington, DC. It was a two-week cultural festival showcasing the cultural and economic aspects of Alberta.
Gail was a Global Edmonton Woman of Vision. She won the YWCA Entrepreneur of the Year. She was awarded the Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts and granted a Milner Fenerty’s Pinnacle Award for Business.