Tamron Hall on the new season of the talk show, Cooking with his son

Tamron Hall says that after her father died, she learned to cook Thanksgiving dinner in his honor. (Photo: Getty; designed by Nathalie Cruz)

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The first time Tamron Hall really felt the magnitude of his father’s death in 2008 was the first Thanksgiving his family spent without him. The Emmy-winning talk show host said it was spending a food-focused vacation without her dad that the loss really hit home.

“I missed my dad the minute he passed away, but I missed him even more the first Thanksgiving, without his food or his pies,” Hall told Yahoo Life. “He was always cooking five or six turkeys…and hams. He was a unique person in that he could cook and bake.”

Hall says she shared her feelings of grief with a friend, who then gave her a gift certificate for a cooking class. It was during class that Hall says she started connecting with the kitchen, so she signed on to take on the chores for the Thanksgiving meal in honor of her father.

“I kept training, training and training,” says Hall. “And I was very proud to say that I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my whole family and that kind of sparked this passion for cooking that came with the loss of my dad.”

“I feel so connected to him when I cook,” she adds.

It’s one of the reasons the cooking segments are part of his nationally broadcast talk show, Tamron Hallwhich began its fourth season on September 6. Hall says having her own show allows her to expand on the fast food segments she used to do during her morning show days.

With more time in each episode, Hall can ask chefs to teach viewers how to make difficult recipes or spend time digging into the reason behind the recipes. “We touch on a lot of cooking segments that are inspired by his culture,” she says. “I love hearing why someone liked the pierogies their mom made for them.”

“I love the cultural connection of cooking, and we weave it into our show, which is about the journey of life,” Hall continues. “A big part of that life journey is someone cooking us a meal.”

The show kicks off its new season with Wildest Dream Month, which will include everything from making some viewers’ wildest dreams come true to Hall revealing some things she says she never thought about in her wildest dreams that she would reveal. Last month, Hall won his second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Talk Show Host. The talk show covers a variety of topics from parenting issues to current events…and of course, food.

“I love to cook, my son cooks,” Hall says, referring to her 3-year-old son, Moses. “It’s therapy for me.”

She hopes to pass on the love of cooking she learned from her father to her own son, which is another reason why it’s important to lead the Thanksgiving meal.

So what’s the best thing on Hall’s holiday menu?

“I’m not going to brag, but I was told my macaroni and cheese was ridiculous,” Hall said, adding that she didn’t follow a certain recipe. “I just have it. I make a few different cheeses. I make a little nutmeg, I do everything with cheese, I slowly make the cheese sauce with milk and butter, then I layer it and layer it .”

Will viewers ever see Hall share his “ridiculous” mac and cheese recipe on air? The 51-year-old says they’ll have to wait and see.

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