Burning Questions

Jennifer Carroll talks about helping another chef go for the title she was so close to competing for.

Dec 9, 20090

Bravotv.com: Did you have a preference of who you wanted to work with?
No, I would have been happy working with any of them; they are all extremely talented. I was partners with all of them at different challenges during the show: Bryan, during the first relay race challenge and our team won; Michael during the Robuchon challenge and we were at the winners' Judges' Table, and Kevin, during the dinner party at the Top Chef house, which we/I won.

Bravotv.com: What was it like working under Bryan?
It was great working under him. He was organized, focused, and had a clear vision of what he wanted.

Bravotv.com: Did any mishaps happen?
Bryan’s mom came into the kitchen and we got a little sidetracked with time, but we were definitely able to pull it together and get everything done.

Bravotv.com: What was your reaction to who won?
I was very happy for Michael, but sad for Bryan and Kevin at the same time. It was definitely bittersweet. Michael definitely took the most risks on the show with his food, and always pushed himself to the limit. The word "safe" does not exist in Michael’s vocabulary. He made beautiful, creative, well-thought-out, great-tasting food for the final challenge and deserved the win.

Bravotv.com: Who did you want to win?
I wanted to win but that didn’t happen ;). I loved all three of them so much, I just wanted them all to do well and make it really hard for the judges to decide who would win the title, which they did! I secretly wanted Bryan to win because I was on his team but that’s just me being competitive.

Bravotv.com: How do you think you would have done if you had had this challenge?
I know I would have done well. It would have been awesome to pay tribute to my mom on the show too!

Bravotv.com: Was it emotional at all trying to help someone else when you were so close to being in the final three?
I was emotional about being eliminated, but when I got in the kitchen all those feelings disappeared. I was there to do whatever Bryan needed ,and tried to help him get the win. I worked for him as if it was myself and my own food going up for the title of Top Chef.

10 comments
julia
julia

Reality TV has always just been a good laugh for me, so I was really surprised at how upset I was when you were sent home. You had become a hero of sorts to me. Your leadership and technical skills are awe-inspiring. I hope someday I get a chance to taste your perfectly cooked fish and beautiful balanced sauces. Best wishes for a stellar career!

Richard
Richard

You were great and the top4 really were the top. I am a chef and live on Marthas Vineyard. Your seafood knowledge would fit right in and rise to the top, just like on the show. Have you ever been to the Vineyard? or lived, vacationed, worked in a seacoast area? Drop me a line, get it??? if you feel like it. You are A champ. R

Lucyloohoo
Lucyloohoo

I agree with Vinnie...Jennifer, You Rock!

SusanW
SusanW

Way to go Philly girl!!! You made our city proud! I can't wait to hear what is in store for you. Good Luck.

KR
KR

Vinnie nailed it. This season, the four finalists were the obvious cream of the crop talent-wise, and Jen and and Kevin in particular were classy, generous competitors to the end.

SKT
SKT

thanks for a great season. Sitting in my family room watching you cook - inspired us! class act all the way.

Marci Duggan
Marci Duggan

Thank you Jennifer for making this season the best ever. You chefs of the final four give inspiration to all of us food lovers and chefs. The four of you handled yourselves with class and grace under fire. I wish the best for all of you. I expect to read great things about you. Thanks again!

J.Adams
J.Adams

Jennifer you are a class act. And your food looks amazing.

Vinnie Satuito
Vinnie Satuito

Jen...you are one classy chic....and super talented....in my own little world you 4 are ALL Top Chefs....everyone of you are consumate professionals...you all have respect for one another and respect the dynamic of the kitchen...that is great to see...congratulations on a great TC season...good luck in your next move...I am sure that all 4 of you have bright futures ahead...Merry Christmas to ALL of you...

jmk01
jmk01

can't wait to follow your career - you are a superstar!