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Counter Intelligence: praises Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Jose Andres, Paul Bartolotta


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Celebrated French chefs Guy Savoy, Jean Joho, Joel Robuchon, Pierre Gagnaire and Alain Ducasse at the Vegas Uncork’d kickoff at Mix in The Hotel at Mandalay Bay on May 6, 2010.

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Hot off the grill! selected five of our Las Vegas restaurants in its 101 Top USA Restaurants unveiled today. Additionally, six out-of-town chefs who have restaurants here were recognized for venues in New York and California.

The local honorees are Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand, Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Jose Andres for E and Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Paul Bartolotta at Wynn Las Vegas.

Thomas Keller (The Venetian) was ranked No. 1 with his Per Se in Napa and received a second nod for its sister in Manhattan. Wolfgang Puck (Palazzo and Caesars), Michael Mina (Bellagio), Mario Batali (Venetian) and Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Bellagio and Aria) won two nods apiece.

I reported on Wednesday that Bon Appetit magazine, which hosts its Vegas Uncork’d festival here -- underwritten by our hotels, restaurants and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority -- didn’t place any Las Vegas restaurants in its Top 20. I was one of 174 culinary panelists tasked with the duty of cutting 303 to 202 and then the final 101. Check out the list, rankings and videos at

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL CULINARY BOARD: Five of our culinary stars will join with out-of-town chefs to serve as the advisory board of the new, two-day Life Is Beautiful Festival set this fall for Downtown. Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg of Blue Ribbon at Cosmopolitan will chair the committee.

The others are Kim Canteenwalla of Honey Salt; Scott Conant of Scarpetta; Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys; Rick Moonen of RM Seafood; and Michael Mina. Out-of-towners include Jet Tila (formerly of Wazuzu at Steve Wynn’s Encore, Chris Cosentino and Jonathan Waxman. In all, 80 chefs will set up a Moroccan-inspired food bazaar and a garden for wine and spirits.


Executive chef Chris Noble has jumped from 35 Steaks + Martinis at Hard Rock Hotel to Ruth’s Chris, formerly The Range,at Harrah’s.

Check out Culinary Dropout remodeled from the former Kerry Simon restaurant at Hard Rock. C.D. is the first Las Vegas restaurant from Fox Restaurant Concepts of Arizona. It’s a jumping-jive atmosphere, unique taste treats, big powerful drinks and hip serving staff. It was packed when I visited and reminded me of an old-time diner with stools and group tables brought up to date for casual 2013 dining demands.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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