The legacy of Kerry Simon, the rock-and-roll chef who died in 2015, lives on at his Fremont East restaurant Carson Kitchen, and now the lunch and dinner spot turns into more of a family business. Kerry’s brother Scott Simon returns to Las Vegas as the new executive chef, replacing John Courtney, the long-time chef who left on amicable terms.
Scott Simon spent the past four years in Chicago as the chef at Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel, outfitted with a James Bond Goldfinger theme.
Scott followed in his brother’s footsteps, working at Kerry’s Blue Star, the restaurant at Miami’s Raleigh Hotel, where Kerry Simon was part owner and executive chef. He continued to work for his brother in South Beach and later as a sous chef in Arizona for a fitness facility.
Then in 2002, he moved to Las Vegas to work at Simon Kitchen & Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Cathouse at the Luxor, and Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place. He also consulted on other projects with Kerry such as Simon Kitchen + Bar in Palm Springs and Simon Mansion in Punta Cana.
Carson Kitchen’s new winter menu features black mussels with toast to dip in a white wine, shallot, and 'nduja broth; young beets salad tossed with pistachios, red and green grapes, and goat cheese; chicken thighs with pumpkin purée and sherry jus; and red snapper in a panang curry topped with crispy rice noodles
Simon Hospitality Group recently opened Pink Flamingo in Montreal.
Kerry Simon died in 2015 after complications related to a severe and rare form of Parkinson's disease called MSA, multiple system atrophy.
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