Dan Gross: 'Top Chef' Jen Carroll leaving 10 Arts

Jennifer Carroll
Jennifer Carroll
Posted: August 17, 2011

CHEF JENNIFER CARROLL, who became a fan favorite in her two seasons on Bravo's "Top Chef," is leaving 10 Arts by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton in October.

The Somerton native's food made as much a name for her as her "Top Chef" tenure as foodies nationwide stopped at 10 Arts while in town to sample her cuisine.

Carroll declined comment yesterday and referred us to her manager, Christopher Cabott, who said the chef had decided to leave to "pursue the options available to her at this stage of her career." Cabott declined to elaborate.

He said how appreciative she was to the staff of 10 Arts and the Ritz and was "particularly thankful to her mentor, Chef Ripert."

Carroll worked under Ripert for more than eight years. He is vacationing and was unable to be reached yesterday.

Ritz-Carlton General Manager Olivia C. Brown said Carroll would leave after the Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series Oct. 5.

"Along with Chef Eric Ripert, the Ritz-Carlton has launched a nationwide search for Jen's successor, and we expect the new chef to be on board by early November," Brown said. "We want to thank Chef Carroll for the wonderful culinary contribution she made to the Ritz-Carlton, and we wish her the very best as she pursues the next step in her career."

Carroll's departure was first reported yesterday on TheFeast. com by Collin Flatt.

OUT AND ABOUT * Actress

Marcia Gay Harden helped the Community Education Center (3500 Lancaster) celebrate its new renovations yesterday afternoon. The center won $50,000 from the Maxwell House Community Project's Drops of Good contest and used the money to build a new ticket booth for the theater and to fix windows and doors throughout.

"Hung" actress and Cheltenham native Rebecca Creskoff, who played Larry David's restaurant-hostess girlfriend on a recent "Curb Your Enthusiasm," was spotted Monday shopping with her sister and some kids at My Kids Korner (711 Montgomery).

Ray tapes at Pat's

"The Rachael Ray Show" is using Pat's Steaks as a backdrop for "The Great Philly Grill-Off," which she'll tape outside the store on Aug. 30.

Pat's owner, Frank Olivieri Jr., says he isn't part of the cooking competition. "Because I'd win. Whether it was souffle or cheesesteaks, I would win," Frank says modestly.

The audience will be sitting outside Pat's while his staff cooks steaks for the guests. Frank isn't sure if he will end up on the show. Yesterday we caught up with him by phone in Brigantine, where he is fixing up a Shore house 15 doors away from his old house.

Kelly & wife expecting

Congratulations to

CBS 3/CW Philly traffic anchor Bob Kelly and his wife, Carrie Wilson, who are expecting their first child, a boy, in October.

Kelly has two daughters from his first marriage, and Wilson, who owns a marketing and PR firm, has two sons and a daughter from her first marriage.

We're sure

when the time comes, Kelly will know the best route to the hospital.

KOP hosts style duo

"Today Show" fashion expert Jill Martin and stylist Dana Ravich will be teaming up with NYDJ (Not Your Daughter's Jeans) to launch their style guide, "I Have Nothing to Wear," at Nordstrom at the King of Prussia Mall from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24.


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