Jen Carroll. *Photo supplied
Jen Carroll. *Photo supplied

A former Top Chef finalist has come to Bermuda to lead the Samuelsson at HP kitchen during the last few weeks of the pop-up.

Celebrity Chef Jen Carroll arrived in Bermuda earlier this month and is wrapping up the two month pop-up restaurant at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess. It opened in June and is owned by internationally acclaimed celebrity chef, Marcus Samuelsson. The restaurant will close on August 3.

Chef Carroll became a household name for foodies in the US after she appeared on the sixth season of Bravo’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning television show Top Chef. She went on to compete on Top Chef: All-Stars, Top Chef Duels, Life After Top Chef and multiple other cooking shows.

Chef Samuelsson says, “I was excited to bring Chef Jen to Bermuda to run the kitchen at Samulesson at HP. This is an amazing opportunity for her, as she has a great culinary background and I am confident diners will enjoy her food.”

Chef Carroll combines her knowledge of West Coast cuisine, international fare and classic European fine dining into a unique cooking style. Born and raised in the Somerton area of northeast Philadelphia, Chef Carroll’s passion for cooking led her to attend Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. She went on to work at Chef Derek Davis’ Sonoma and Arroyo Grill, as well as Neil Stein’s Avenue B, under Chef Patrick Feury.

Chef Carroll also worked in San Francisco, as sous chef at both Julia and Café Kati. Her inspiration to work in a classic European kitchen led to her becoming sous chef at Chef

Eric Ripert’s prestigious Le Bernardin in New York City.

She was then handpicked to lead the kitchen at 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge by Chef Ripert in May 2008 at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. Chef Carroll started Carroll Couture Cuisine, LLC, a culinary consulting and catering company in 2011. Most recently, she joined the Marcus Samulesson Group at the Red Rooster in Harlem.

The Samuelsson at HP experience is part of a more than $90 million renovation and restoration of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess that includes the guestrooms and suites in the Poinciana wing of the hotel, a new resort infinity pool and a new marina featuring an expansive harbour side restaurant, 1609 Bar & Restaurant.