More than 160 Master Chefs of France take over the Venetian and Palazzo next week, and with it comes one public event. The five-day 59th General Assembly of Master Chefs of France culinary event includes the Master Tour de France on March 8 with 12 world-class chefs and 12 wineries and spirit makers.
Look for Olivier Dubreuil of the Venetian and the Palazzo, Claude Le Tohic of Joel Robuchon, Steven Benjamin of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Jean Joho of Eiffel Tower Restaurant and David Werly of Mandarin Oriental to join Frederic Morineau of the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman, Gerard Bertholon of Cuisine Solutions in Alexandria, Va., Michel Blanchet of Michel Blanchet in Los Angeles, Olivier Desaintmartin of Zinc in Philadelphia, Jerome Ferrer of Europea in Montreal, Claude Godard of Jean & Gason in New York, Philippe Godard of Le Senon and LePostillon in France and Jean-Louis Gerin of the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt.
Dubreuil tells Las Vegas Weekly that he's excited to bring the chefs to the Strip:
…It's hard to explain Vegas. When I tell them what I do here, they think I'm crazy or arrogant. When I tell them how big we are, the volume we do, the different tiers of service, or how many people work for us, it sounds crazy. These guys in France have one-star restaurants with three guys in the kitchen and four guys in front and everybody's working seven days a week, 16 hours a day. When they come here, it's like a big toy store. I don't think there's any place like it. Vegas is special.
The event next Saturday on the Doge's Palace from 6 to 10 p.m. is $50 per person at 702-414-9000.
· Olivier Dubreuil on Hosting the 59th General Assembly of French Master Chefs [LVW]
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