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Everything You Missed at Vegas Uncork’d

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Michael Mina, Graham Elliot and Shawn McClain at Vegas Uncork’d
Michael Mina, Graham Elliot and Shawn McClain at Vegas Uncork’d
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A cavalcade of the top chefs in Las Vegas helped the 12th iteration of Vegas Uncorked by Bon Appétit took over the Strip over the weekend. Dozens of events at the Venetian and Palazzo, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, and The Park gave visitors a chance to explore the city and its restaurants and lounges in a completely different way.

Of course, the big event, the Grand Tasting, kicked off with at the Garden of the Gods with nearly 100 restaurants showcasing their fare.

Gordon Ramsay at Vegas Uncork’d
Gordon Ramsay at Vegas Uncork’d
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Gordon Ramsay, who opened his fifth restaurant in January, says he wants to give other chefs a shot at feeding his diners. “ I just negotiated my wait list. We have a huge wait list at my restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen, and I just negotiated my wait list to help with reservations earlier in the week,” he says on the red carpet. “I don’t want all those people to wait to make a reservation when they can get it in my. friends’ restaurants.”

He also says he thinks women make the best chefs, citing Christina Wilson, who won season 10 of Hell’s Kitchen and appeared as a sous chef on the show, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen executive chef Jennifer Murphy, and Michelle Tribble, who won season 17 of Hell’s Kitchen and the head chef job at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, as some of the best in his kitchens.

Executive chef and partner Timon Balloo says that bringing his Miami restaurant to the Venetian has been a true learning experience, and he’s discovered how to be more “Vegas.” He opened windows onto the resort’s restaurant row and brought in entertainment. Of course, brunch brings in conventioneers, and he plans to add a buffet to his daily experience.

Buddy Valastro at Vegas Uncork’d
Buddy Valastro at Vegas Uncork’d
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Cake Boss Buddy Valastro felt humbled to be at Vegas Uncork’d with the likes of big-name chefs. “I mean, look, I’m standing in Morimoto, who’s a real chef. I’m a baker, but I’m a really good home cook. And the inspiration behind my cooking was really to try to bring the food of the culinary rock stars in my life, meaning my mom, my grandma, my wife, my dad, and let people feel like they’re eating at my house.”

On the fifth anniversary of the restaurant, he plans to bring vegetarian meatballs to his restaurant at the Palazzo.

Elizabeth Blau, the restaurateur behind Buddy V’s Ristorante, Honey Salt, and Andiron at Downtown Summerlin, has a new cookbook coming out soon. It explores how she came up with the menu at Honey Slat at Rampart Commons.

Michael Mina practically beamed when asked about his renovated eponymous restaurant at the Bellagio. “You have to come in,” he says.

Graham Elliott, the white-glasses-wearing MasterChef judge who has a restaurant at MGM Cotai in Macau, showcased an octopus dish at Picnic in the Park. When asked whether he might open a Vegas restaurant, his “people” said, “You never know.”

Shawn McClain, who has Sage and Five50 Pizza at Aria, says business is still a little rough at Mandalay Bay, where he has Libertine Social, but the resort stands behind the restaurants there. Sage might get a little more casual, but that’s just an idea.

Mike Minor, the executive chef at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, says his Mexican-barbecue mashup opens at the resort on June 4.

From left: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority chief marketing officer Cathy Tull, Gordon Ramsay's U.S. restaurants executive chef Christina Wilson, Rao's co-owner Frank Pellegrino Jr., Rao's head chef Dino Gatto, Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar and Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho owner Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen head chef Michelle Tribble, Martorano's Italian Restaurant owner and chef Steve Martorano, Old Homestead Steakhouse co-owner Marc Sherry, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill owner and chef Gordon Ramsay, Border Grill co-owner and chef Susan Feniger, Nobu owner and chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Giada owner and chef Giada De Laurentiis, Restaurant Guy Savoy owner and chef Guy Savoy, Old Homestead Steakhouse co-owner Greg Sherry, Bon Appetit editor in chief Adam Rapoport, and Food Innovative Group chief business officer Craig Kostelic attend the 12th annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit Grand Tasting event.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit

Best dish at the Grand Tasting? As always, the black truffle and artichoke soup with toasted brioche on the side at Restaurant Guy Savoy. Savoy was spotted hugging Giada De Laurentiis on the red carpet. Hugs galore also happened between Elliot and Guy Fieri on the red carpet.

Best dish at Picnic at the Park? The beef dish from brothers Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, who have Voltaggio Brothers Steak House at the MGM National Harbor outside Washington, D.C. Also of note, Philippe Angibeau’s cupcakes shaped like hamburgers.

All Hangover Observations [ELV]

Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

AndIron

1720 Festival Plaza Dr. , Las Vegas, NV 89135

The Palazzo

3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 607-7777 Visit Website

Libertine Social

3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89119 (702) 632-7558 Visit Website

Restaurant Guy Savoy

3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 731-7286 Visit Website

Border Grill

3500 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 854-6700 Visit Website

Restaurant Guy Savoy

3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 731-7286 Visit Website

Sage

3730 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 590-8690 Visit Website

Giada

3595 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (855) 442-3271 Visit Website

Five50

3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89158 877 230 2742

Sugarcane

, Paradise, NV

Honey Salt

1031 South Rampart Boulevard, , NV 89145 (702) 445-6100 Visit Website

Morimoto

3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 891-3001 Visit Website

Michael Mina

3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (866) 259-7111 Visit Website

Giada

3595 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (855) 442-3271 Visit Website

Buddy V's Ristorante

3327 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 607-2355 Visit Website

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