Giada De Laurentiis gives Vegas Seven a look inside what it was like to open her first restaurant, Giada at The Cromwell. Some of the interesting takeaways:
On what she decided to put on the menu: "I'm a woman who's torn right now between what I like and what other people like… I'm gonna try it my way. If my way doesn't seem to be to people's likings, I'll tweak it a bit."
On being picky about her executive chef, Caesars Entertainment vice president of food and beverage Jeffrey Frederick told her: "And you're not Thomas Keller. You're not Alain Ducasse. You're not Guy Savoy. You think you are, but you're not. And so you need to sort of compromise a little bit. You need to find a chef you can mold into what you want."
On compromising: "I feel like if I just get to the point where I'm successful enough, [Caesars] will let me do whatever I want."
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