Dan Gross: Sexy chef has concrete plans

A tasty morsel, chef Jennifer Carroll is being followed around town by Bravo network cameras.
A tasty morsel, chef Jennifer Carroll is being followed around town by Bravo network cameras. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: March 26, 2012

BRAVO CAMERAS have been following former "Top Chef" contestant and fan favorite Jennifer Carroll around town.

Carroll, a Daily News "Sexy Single," was recently captured having a girls'-night dinner at Sbraga (Broad & Pine), which "Top Chef" winner Kevin Sbraga opened last year. We're told the Bravo crew is shooting a new series that follows a handful of "Top Chef" contestants as they try to open restaurants, which Carroll, who spent several years at 10 Arts by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton, is now working on. She's scouting locations for a spot called Concrete Blonde, which she has described as a play on her hard-edged personality and blond hair and also a tribute to the alternative-rock band by the same name.

Carroll declined to comment about why a camera crew has been following her. Unfortunately, the crew was not rolling Wednesday night at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden), where she helped judge the Entertainer of the Year contest alongside judges including 97.5 The Fanatic host Tony Bruno and Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant (120 Market) co-owner Nick Moore. Winter took first place and $7,000 in the exotic-dancer contest, while India won $3,000 and Layla took home $2,000.

OUT AND ABOUT

Flyers winger Scott Hartnell dined Friday at Devon Seafood Grill on Rittenhouse Square, while Eagles defensive end Jason Babin and wife Sara ate a few doors down at Parc, where chef Georges Perrier, who has free time on his hands since selling Le Bec-Fin, enjoyed the nice weather as well.

* New Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans wasn't in town long before having his first Crabfries. Ryans and mother Martha joined former Eagle Harold Carmichael, now Eagles director of player development and alumni at Chickie's & Pete's (1526 Packer), just a few hours after his signing was announced at the NovaCare Complex.

Area actor keeping busy

Center City-native actor Christian Meoli has landed a role in the upcoming Showtime pilot "Ray Donovan" starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight and created by "Southland" creator Ann Biderman. Meoli recently shared a "Desperate Housewives" scene with Eva Longoria and has three indie movies scheduled for release later this year.

From Paula's closet to yours?

Paula Abdul is selling 1,500 items from her wardrobe through Horsham-based designer-fashions consignment company Linda's Stuff. A pair of new Alexander McQueen gladiator pumps autographed by the singer and former "American Idol" judge, an Alan Del Rosario gown she wore to the ALMA awards and an Uli Herzner skirt worn on "Idol" are among items to be up on eBay this week, starting Monday. A portion of profits go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS).


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