Cast Blog: #TOPCHEF

Jennifer Carroll: "I Wanted to Win, But That Didn't Happen!"

Get Doug's Masterpiece Brisket Recipe

Make Melissa's Seared Duck Breast Dish

Gail on Innovation (and George's Failure to Push It)

Make Melissa's Mom's Egg Custard

Hugh Worries About Scurvy and Foie Gras

Make Mei's Inspired Duck a l'Orange

Gail Has No Problem With Blood

Make George's Cravable Breakfast Sausage

Gail Simmons Won't Be Pushed Around

Make Doug's Winning Mussels

Tom Colicchio Answers Your Restaurant Wars Qs

Gail: It Wasn't Keriann's Day

Make Doug's Winning Braised Pork!

Gail: We Had a Tough Job This Week

Make Katsuji's Authentically Delicious Stuffing

Hugh: The Demise of Cornwallis and Aaron

Make Gregory's Winning Dumplings

Richard: Chefs Please Follow Instructions

Richard Tries Money Ball Soup

Make a Home Run-Worthy Popcorn Crème Brule

Hugh: Where There's a Will There's a Fenway

Gail: Keriann and Aaron Were Being ---holes

Make the Winning Surf and Turf

Gail: We're Taking No Prisoners

Richard Goes From Player to Announcer

Tom Talks Boston

Gail: There Was No Season 11 Underdog

Hugh Wants Nick to Be Kind to Himself

Gail: It Was Difficult to Let Go of Shirley

Big Easy to Ocean Breezy

Gail: The Final Four Are Like Our Children

Emeril Is Proud to Serve Shirley's Dish

Hugh: Enough With the Mexican Food Hate

Gail on Favreau, Choi, and Finding Yourself

Hugh on Poor Boys, Swingers and Food Trucks

Emeril: Nick's Choice Is Part of the Game

Nick's License to Immune

Hugh's Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Hugh Decides Eight Is Enough

Gail Talks OvenGate

Jennifer Carroll: "I Wanted to Win, But That Didn't Happen!"

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