Chef Jennifer Carroll, who became a fan favorite in her two seasons on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” is leaving 10 Arts by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton in October.
The Somerton native’s food made as much a name for her as her “Top Chef” tenure as foodies nationwide stopped at 10 Arts to try her cuisine while in town.
Carroll declined comment  and referred us to her manager Christopher Cabott who said the chef decided to leave in order to “ “Pursue the options available to her at this stage of her career.” Cabott declined to elaborate on those options.
He said how appreciative she is was to the staff of 10 Arts and the Ritz and was “Particularly thankful to her mentor Chef Ripert.”
Carroll had worked under Chef Ripert for more than eight years.
Ripert, who is vacationing, was unable to be reached.
Ritz-Carlton General Manager Olivia C. Brown said Carroll would leave after the Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series Oct. 5.
“Along with Chef Eric Ripert, the Ritz-Carlton has launched a nationwide search for Jen's successor, and we expect the new chef to be on board by early November,” Brown said. “We want to thank Chef Carroll for the wonderful culinary contribution she has made to The Ritz-Carlton, and we wish her the very best as she pursues the next step in her career."