Chef's surprise: Ripert to fete 'Top Chef' Carroll

Good to know Eric Ripert has his chefs' backs.

The celebrated chef, who installed Northeast Philly's Jennifer Carroll as chef de cuisine at his signature 10 Arts restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton last year, tells me he'll visit Wednesday (8/19) for a viewing party surrounding Carroll's debut as a contestant on Bravo's Top Chef.

Ripert initially wanted to keep word of his visit a secret, but ...

The event starts at 7 p.m. and runs through the Las Vegas-set telecast.

Carroll will be there -- though she'll be stuck in the kitchen.

As for Philly's other Top Chef contestant: Jennifer Zavala, who shows up in previews as she cuts a finger shucking clams, says she'll probably be working through the episode at Xochitl in Society Hill.