Monday, February 8, 2016

Two Philly chefs to fight on "Top Chef"

They're both Jenns, too: Jennifer Carroll of 10 Arts and Jennifer Zavala of El Camino Real will be on Season 6 of the Bravo series.

Two Philly chefs to fight on "Top Chef"

Jenn Carroll (left) and Jenn Zavala. (Inquirer photos)
Jenn Carroll (left) and Jenn Zavala. (Inquirer photos)

This just in:

Two Philly chefs will compete on Season 6 of the Bravo series "Top Chef," and they're both Jenns:

Northeast Philly-raised Jennifer Carroll of Eric Ripert's 10 Arts in the Ritz-Carlton and well-traveled Connecticut native Jennifer Zavala of El Camino Real in Northern Liberties are among the 17 "cheftestants."

Host Padma Lakshmi will preside. Tom Colicchio returns as head judge, with Gail Simmons of Food & Wine magazine and Toby Young, a food critic.

The season is set in Las Vegas and will premiere Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. 

Check out the bios here.

From Bravo:

Jennifer Carroll

Age: 33
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Profession: Chef de Cuisine 10 Arts by Eric Ripert
Culinary Education: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Philadelphia
Favorite Simple Summer Recipe: Compressed Watermelon, Chesapeake Bay Jumbo Lump Crab, Fennel Pollen and Wild Boar Prosciutto Chips
Foodie Fact: Carroll's culinary star is on the rise - she was personally selected by Chef Ripert as the Chef de Cuisine of 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia. After a long day in the kitchen, Carroll likes to kick back late night with a great sandwich.

Jennifer Zavala

Age: 31
Hometown: Cromwell, Conn. – currently resides in Philadelphia, Pa.
Profession:: Executive Chef, El Camino Real
Culinary Education: Self-Taught
Favorite Simple Summer Recipe: Fiddle Head Ferns Sauteed in Butter Garlic Wine and Crushed Red Pepper.
Foodie Fact: Zavala is all about bringing "border food" to the city of Brotherly love, and takes great pride in her ability to cook Latino food - particularly Norteña and Tejas cuisines. She would have her last meal with Julia Child, and she'd let Julia do the cooking!


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