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Masso Osteria Lands a New Chef, General Manager

Plus SushiSamba’s chef appears on Chopped

Emily Hansen
Emily Hansen
Station Casinos

RED ROCK RESORT — Emily Hansen takes over the kitchen at Masso Osteria, Scott Conant’s new restaurant at the resort, while Christian Pollock takes over as the general manager. San Francisco Bay-area native Hansen has more than a decade of culinary experience including six years operating her own business as a private chef. In 2016, Chef Hansen appeared as a finalist on Food Network’s Chopped, which features chef Conant among its panel of judges. Before she owned her own business, Hansen worked under chef Tyler Florence at El Paseo in Mill Valley, California, and Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco, as well as chef Daniel Humm at New York’s Eleven Madison Park and executive chef Mark Ladner at New York’s Del Posto. General manager Christian Pollock previously managed Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at the MGM Grand, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse and Julian Serrano’s Picasso at the Bellagio. [EaterWire]

GRAND CANAL SHOPPES — Executive sous chef Thomas Tapa of SushiSamba appears on Chopped, airing Tuesday, June 26, at 9 pm. In the past, he’s worked at ENVY The Steakhouse, followed by Sensi at in the Bellagio and as chef de partie at L’Atelier Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand, [EaterWire]

Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse
Pierre Monetta

June 7

DELANOAlain Ducasse has a new documentary coming out in theaters and on demand on Friday, June 8. The Quest of Alain Ducasse showcases the chef behind Rivea as he travels the globe to find the best ingredients for the opening of Ore at Chateau de Versailles in Versailles, France in 2016. Snippets of the movie include the special event space, which “hosts Royal Tables with historical menus on re-edited Marie-Antoinette porcelain served by staff dressed in the period.” [Hollywood Reporter]

CHINATOWN — Chef Yuri Szarewski from Eatt Gourmet Bistro and Partage appears on Chopped on Tuesday, June 12, at 9 p.m. PDT on the episode “Bowled Over” with lifestyle guru Martha Stewart as a judge. Partage features a five-course menu for $75 starting at 8:30 p.m. the evening of the show. [EaterWire]

TV LAND — UNLV student S.J. Yun won a spot on Master Chef, choosing Gordon Ramsay as his mentor. Las Vegas local and season seven winner Shaun O’Neale also returns. [LVRJ]

Michael LaPlaca
Michael LaPlaca
Amelinda B Lee

June 4

MIRAGE — Michael LaPlaca has resigned from his position as executive chef of Osteria Costa. His last day at the restaurant will be June 14. A spokesperson for MGM Resorts reports that a replacement has not been named. Osteria Costa opened in February. [EaterWire]

WYNN LAS VEGAS — Devin Hashimoto, the former executive chef at Mizumi, departed the Japanese restaurant for Andrea’s, the sushi and Japanese restaurant at Encore Las Vegas. A spokesperson for Wynn Las Vegas says a replacement at Mizumi has not been named. [EaterWire]

MANDALAY BAY — Alexandre Gregoire takes over the kitchen at Aureole after working at Rivea at the Delano. He replaces John Church, who now works with Golden Entertainment. Church appears on Chopped on Tuesday, June 5.[LVRJ]

RED ROCK RESORT — Lupe Avila, the former executive chef position at Fleur by Hubert Keller, is now in charge of the kitchen at T-Bones Chophouse. [LVRJ]

Chef de cuisine Kevin Lopez and executive chef Chris Bulen
Chef de cuisine Kevin Lopez and executive chef Chris Bulen
Isaac Brekken

May 15

SOUTHWESTAndre’s Bistro & Bar brings Kevin Lopez and Chris Bulen, who have almost 20 years combined experience working with namesake André Rochat, on board. Lopez, who now works as the chef de cuisine, worked under Rochat as a sous chef at the former Andre’s Restaurant & Cigar Lounge at the Monte Carlo in 2012. He also worked at the former Alex and now-closed The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas, as well as Le Cirque at the Bellagio. Bulen worked in Rochat’s restaurants for nearly 15 years. The new executive chef worked at Alizé at the top of the Palms and Andre’s Restaurant & Cigar Lounge. The duo worked together to try to open Gastromix — a food truck catering French, Spanish, and American fare — and raised $6,267 on Kickstarter last summer. [EaterWire]

John Miranda
John Miranda
Mandarin Oriental

March 29

MANDARIN ORIENTALJohn Miranda takes over as chef de cuisine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. The chef, who has been at the restaurant since 2011, worked at The Resort at Pelican Hill and the Ritz-Carlton in California before joining Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand as a master cook. [EaterWire]

SAN DIEGO — Chef Joseph Elevado departs Andrea’s at Encore Las Vegas to join Prep Kitchen as chief culinary officer. Elevado, a New York native, ran Andrea’s for almost six years. Previously he worked at Nobu, Social House at Crystals, and the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills. [EaterWire]

WYNN LAS VEGASJonathan Bauman took over as the executive chef of The Buffet. Previously, he was the executive chef of in-room dining, where he oversaw room service operations for Wynn and Encore. The Culinary Institute of America grad joined Wynn Las Vegas in 2008 and has held numerous positions within the food and beverage department, including chef de partie and assistant chef for the resort, assistant executive chef of room service and assistant executive chef of The Buffet. Before taking on the role as executive chef of in-room dining, Bauman enjoyed a short stint as chef de cuisine of in-room dining at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. [EaterWire]

All Chef Shuffles [ELV]

L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon

3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 891-7358 Visit Website

MGM Grand

3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (877) 880-0880 Visit Website

Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak

3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-891-7318 Visit Website

Eatt Gourmet Bistro

7865 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89117 (702) 608-5233 Visit Website


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Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

3752 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89158 (702) 590-8888 Visit Website

Andre's Bistro & Bar

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Le Cirque

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Country Club

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Envy The Steakhouse

3400 Paradise Road, , NV 89169 (702) 784-5700


3839 Spring Mountain Road, , NV 89102 (702) 582-5852 Visit Website


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Fleur by Hubert Keller

3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89119 (702) 632-9400 Visit Website

Prime Steakhouse

3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 693-8865 Visit Website

Eatt Healthy Food

7865 W Sahara Ave Ste 104-105, Las Vegas, NV 89117 (702) 608-5233

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Masso Osteria

11011 West Charleston Boulevard, , NV 89135 (702) 797-7097 Visit Website


3327 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-607-0700 Visit Website

T-Bones Chophouse and Lounge

Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, Las Vegas, NV 89135 (702) 797-7597 Visit Website

The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas

3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 770-3340 Visit Website


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Joël Robuchon

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