There was once a time when all-you-could-eat buffets
ruled the Las Vegas dining scene,
but how things have changed. While you can still
find quality buffets in Sin City that are generally friendly
on the wallet and big on selection, the growing number
of fine dining establishments continue to revolutionize
Las Vegas dining. Worthy of comparison to such rich
culinary American cities as San
Francisco and New
York, Las Vegas has more celebrity chefs than ever,
all of whom are raising the culinary bar. Many a
star chef Las Vegas has, and when you dine at the Celebrity
Restaurants Las Vegas offers, you will be rewarded with
a memorable experience that will be a big part of your Las Vegas vacation.
Among the celebrity chefs whose names you might first
recognize are Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse.
Wolfgang Puck was well trained in France and Monaco before finding his ultimate success in Los
Angeles. Having made plenty of guest television
appearances in the recent past, you more than likely recognize
his face. Wolfgang Puck leads the Las Vegas chef
list in terms of restaurants with his name on them.
At Caesars Palace, you
can find his Spago and Chinois restaurants, his Postrio
at the Venetian is worthy of
a visit, and his Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay
Bay rounds out the list. As for Emeril Lagasse,
you surely will be familiar with his signature "Bam!"
and for uttering "Oh, Yeah Babe" when he's
on to something good on his television cooking show.
Lagasse hails from New
Orleans, and he brings his savory Cajun and Creole
flavors to the table everywhere he goes. His Delmonico
Steakhouse at the Venetian is one of the finest steak
houses in Las Vegas, and for truly tantalizing seafood,
you can't go wrong at Emeril's New Orleans
Fish House at the MGM Grand.
As for your Las Vegas vacation, eating at one of Emeril's
celebrity restaurants Las Vegas hangouts is sure to, "Kick
it up a notch".
Another Las Vegas chef you may have seen on television
is chef Todd English, who has more than the necessary
experience to back up the respect he has earned.
Charismatic and highly recognized by those in the know
when it comes to good food, English was recently honored
with inclusion among the Who's Who in Food and Beverage
in America by the elite James Beard Foundation.
English's Olives at the Bellagio Hotel is consistently ranked among the best
restaurants in Las Vegas, and it is just one of the
Olives in a list that includes locations in New York City, Boston and Aspen. Along
the lines of Todd English, chef Tom Colicchio is another
television personality who earned his fame in the kitchen.
Colicchio has won 5 James Beard Foundation Medals, and
you may know him from his gig as the head judge on Top
Chef, which is a wildly popular cooking show on the Bravo
network. His Craftsteak restaurant at the MGM Grand
is another of the top steak houses in Las Vegas.
Perhaps ruling the list of star chef Las Vegas candidates
is the often heralded "Chef of the Century",
Joël Robuchon. Robuchon started to hone his
culinary craft at a hotel restaurant in Poitiers, France
when he was just 15 years old. He would continue
studying cooking throughout the French countryside, learning
different techniques and regional tendencies. At
just 28 years of age, chef Robuchon was named head chef
of the Harmony-Lafayette hotel. Within two years
of leading a 90-cook team, Robuchon was awarded the Meilleur
Ouvrier de France merit, which translates to the Better
Workman of France. After opening his mega-sensation
Jamin restaurant in Paris,
Robuchon received the 3 stars Michelin award, which is
the top honor in the industry. His resume of distinction
continues, and suffice it to say that his is among the
top celebrity restaurants Las Vegas has to offer.
For an unforgettable meal, it's worth putting a
dent in your budget at the Joël Robuchon at the Mansion
MGM Grand restaurant. This is the first restaurant
that Robuchon opened in the United States, and it is sure
to impress. A suitable counterpart to chef Robuchon
can be found in Guy Savoy, whose namesake restaurant is
another place to have that once-in-a-lifetime-meal.
You can find information about his career in the attached Guy Savoy restaurant article.
The list of celebrity chefs in Las Vegas who have more than made a name for themselves goes on, and it is only sure to grow in the future. Chef Jean-Marie Josselin's Caesars Palace 808 restaurant is a seafood lovers dream, and for an upscale bistro experience with creations from one of America's finest chefs, Thomas Keller, try the Bouchon at the Venetian. Italian chef, Gian Paulo "Zeffirino" Belloni showcases his talent at the Zeffirino Ristorante at the Venetian, which while not listed in the Italian restaurants in Las Vegas article is nonetheless just as worthy of the ones that are. Another Las Vegas chef serving up fantastic cuisine is André Rochat, whose Alizé restaurant at the Palms is a year-in, year-out top rated Las Vegas restaurant. He also is also the lead chef behind the scenes at Andrés downtown restaurant, and Andrés at the Monte Carlo. For a special night out with that special someone, you might treat yourself to the wonderful culinary creations from chef Julian Serrano at the Picasso at Bellagio. Actual Picasso paintings adorn the walls here, and the food is simply amazing. Celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Nobu Matsuhisa have eponymous Las Vegas restaurants, the former at the Bellagio and the latter at the Hard Rock Hotel. And the list goes on. Suffice it to say that when you explore the dining options at Las Vegas, it's bound to be one of the most rewarding experiences you'll have there. Bon Appetite!