Celebrity chef joins team at HP
Culinary superstar Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Bermuda pop-up restaurant has welcomed celebrity chef and TV's Top Chef finalist Jen Carroll to lead it through its final weeks before closing on August 3.
The hugely popular Samuelsson at HP, at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, opened on June 3 as a dry-run for Chef Samuelsson's permanent signature restaurant at the hotel, which will be unveiled in May 2015.
Chef Carroll, who arrived in Bermuda earlier this month, has become a culinary inspiration to American foodies, having been featured on the sixth season of Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning TV show Top Chef. She also competed on Top Chef: All-Stars, Top Chef Duels and Life After Top Chef.
She's known for creating unique dishes influenced by a diversity of interesting flavours, finding her inspiration from West Coast, international and classic European cuisines.
“I was excited to bring Chef Jen to Bermuda to run the kitchen at Samuelsson at HP,” said Chef Samuelsson.
“This is an amazing opportunity for her, as she has a great culinary background and I am confident diners will enjoy her food,” he added.
Chef Carroll is extremely experienced in the culinary world. She was born and raised in the Somerton area of northeast Philadelphia and went on to attend The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
She jump-started her career in Philadelphia by going on to work for Chef Derek Davis at Sonoma and Arroyo Grill and under Chef Patrick Feury at Neil Stein's Avenue B.
Chef Carroll also worked as a sous chef at San Francisco restaurants Julia and Café Kati. Her success and passion for cooking led her to become sous chef at Chef Eric Ripert's prestigious Le Bernardin in New York City.
In 2008, she moved back to Philadelphia as she was hand-picked by Chef Ripert to lead the kitchen at 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Chef Carroll founded Carroll Couture Cuisine, LLC, a culinary consulting and catering company in 2011 before joining the Marcus Samuelsson Group at Chef Samuelsson's most prominent restaurant, the Red Rooster in Harlem.
She will wrap up the signature Bermuda pop-up restaurant in the next few weeks, helping to lock in place plans for the forthcoming permanent Samuelsson eaterie at the waterfront hotel which is currently undergoing $90 million in renovations.