Philadelphia

JENNIFER CARROLL STILL OUR TOP CHEF & A FEW MEALS I’VE HAD AT 10 ARTS THESE PAST FEW WEEKS

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Jennifer Carrroll is still the Top Chef as far as I’m concerned, as well as the Ritz-Carlton, her family. and of course her mom. Last night I joined the Carroll/Lynch family one last time to enjoy Jen on Bravo’s Top Chef show for the Finale.
Jennifer Carroll with her Dad and Mom Joan celebrate the ending of the series at 10 ArtsOver the weeks I’ve had a chance to taste many dishes and I wanted to mention a few standouts. Last night I had the Chicken – OMG so many flavors, so delicious. You receive two, but well by the time I got around to remembering to photograph it I ate one.Holy Mother of God how did Michael win was my thought last night, not sure what Joan Carroll was thinking at that same moment.Jen Carroll signs the new Top Chef book for fans.

The Cobb Salad was always a winner with me. It came in a nice size bowl, although this looks like a dish.Jen thanks the patrons of 10 Arts for coming. Her lookalike sister Jessica is to her left. Mom Joan to her immediate left.
The Salmon and Trout were my favorites too. Here we see the salmon.
Octupus as a side dish was delish, not so visually appealing to me though. I also enjoyed the fried calamari on the other nights. Vote For @TopChefJennifer as your favorite on Top Chef until Noon today http://bit.ly/5KsZuN Korbel champagne was the sponsor of the party last night and did this nice ice sculpture. I didn’t get there til late so I missed the set-up.
Braised Ribs on bed of pureed potato. I also had the steak, which was outta of this world, and I love steak.

The Rabbit was my hands down favorite dish. A variation that she made on Top Chef will be on the new menu when it comes out in the next few weeks.I reported a few weeks back that Mr. Carroll had been keeping a list of requests for his daughters hand in marriage from the guys he meets when he travels the race track circuit. It is no longer needed as she has met Mark Czerniak and is happily dating; with her are friends and co-workers on her left, Martin Mariano Director of Food & Beverage and the Ritz-Carlton’s GM Mike Walsh. (Check out Michael Klein’s Inqlings for story and another great shot I took. )

To finish off each night Pastry Chef Monica Glass would prepare a sampling of delish. Here she prepared tiny sweet potato nuggets with vanilla ice cream. YUM! ! (update from Monica in the comments section of what exactly I was eating)
Hmm after weeks of Jen’s delicious food, a lot of stress and no exercise I will be again following the Fusion Cross Training Fitness program to lose the 100 lbs Judy asked me to do before she passed away. So by next 12/3 I will reach my goal. I will also be joining Weight Watchers so when I go back to 10 Arts I will know what I should eat, and how much.