Paris Las Vegas is making moves to become a celebrity chef headquarters on the Las Vegas Strip. Aside from reality show personality and chef Gordon Ramsay, who already has Gordon Ramsay Steak at the resort, Paris brings Nobu Matshuhisa, Lisa Vanderpump, and Martha Stewart into the fold in 2022.
It started with Jean Joho, the chef behind Eiffel Tower Restaurant. When Paris Las Vegas opened on the Strip in 1999, the chef claimed a space on the 11th floor of the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower at the resort. Joho brought his French fare with a view to the Parisian-themed resort with French actress Catherine Deneuve turning on the lights on that September opening day. Joho, as he’s more commonly known, earned accolades in Chicago for his restaurant Everest, where he won a James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef Midwest in 1995. Everest closed after 35 years last New Year’s Eve in Chicago.
The push for more big names revived in 2012, when Ramsay opened his steakhouse at the resort, complete with a faux Chunnel taking diners from the Parisian resort to the very British Gordon Ramsay Steak, replete with a Union Jack on the ceiling and sticky toffee pudding and beef Wellington on the menu. The restaurant took over the former Les Artisties steakhouse space, and on the 20th season of Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns, Trent Garvey won the title of head chef at the restaurant and $250,000.
Then in November 2020, Guy Savoy, the French chef with the Michelin-three-starred eponymous restaurant in the City of Lights, brought his pastry shop to the resort. Brioche by Guy Savoy features pastries made in house daily, including, of course, brioche, which comes in variations that can come stuffed with mushrooms, Parmesan, and nuts, or sweet candied fruit and Nutella. The location sits next to the Paris Las Vegas hotel lobby.
Now parent company Caesars Entertainment pulls out the big guns on the resort with a sign shaped like the Montgolfier balloon, a porte cochère with a two-thirds replica of the Arc de Triomphe, a replica of La Fontaine des Mers, and a facade that hints at the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Paris Opera House.
Matsuhisa opens his third eponymous restaurant in Las Vegas and second on the Strip in 2022. Matsuhisa’s indelible mark on the culinary world includes his signature dishes such as miso-marinated black cod, rock shrimp tempura, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, and king crab tempura, many of which can be found on any high-end Japanese menu now. He already has a restaurant with teppanyaki tables and a hotel at Caesars Palace and a recently reopened restaurant at Virgin Hotels.
Vanderpump Rules and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Vanderpump has Vanderpump à Paris with her roster of dishes and cocktails, and a lush Parisian-inspired decor from Nick Alain this winter. The bar transports customers to the City of Light with ornate awnings and light fixtures with the entrance flanked by statues next to the Paris Las Vegas front desk.
And new construction permits call for a Martha Stewart Restaurant, which already filed a new permits for $2 million in estimated construction costs alone to bring her still mysterious restaurant to Le Boulevard, the shopping esplanade at Paris.
Follow along as these three newcomers get ready to open in 2022.