The Food Network
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 | 3:57 p.m.
Former restaurant owner Kimmy Moy moved to Las Vegas after a devastating car accident and, although trained by her father, a master chef, now has to work as a waitress.
She closed her Cincinnati dining venue but is now hoping that all those skills will win her the new flagship Asian-fusion restaurant planned for the M Resort.
Kimmy, who has dubbed herself “The Ninja Chef,” is taking part in a new Food Network series with TV chef Robert Irvine, known for his hit series “Restaurant Impossible.”
“Restaurant Express” will pit nine hard-luck chefs against one another starting Nov. 3. Here’s the YouTube video Kimmy submitted to win a place on the new series.
The show, in its debut season, filmed its opening and closing episodes at the M, and sequences in which 46-year-old Kimmy appears were filmed on a tour bus for cross-country cooking contests.
‘TOP CHEF’ IN NEW ORLEANS
Tonight is Episode 2 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 11 on location in New Orleans. Shirley Chung, who worked for Las Vegas chefs Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali before landing the top executive spot in Jose Andres’ kitchen at China Poblano in the Cosmopolitan, is one of the competitors.
Judge Emeril Lagasse is impressed enough already to say that Shirley’s going to go far in the contest for the crown. Our Tom Colicchio, from his new Heritage Steak at the Mirage and Craftsteak at MGM Grand, is co-host and chief judge. Under Shirley’s guidance, China Poblano was nominated for the James Beard Award’s Best New Restaurant in 2011.
Born and raised in Beijing, Shirley came to the U.S. for a college education and after graduating worked in the Silicon Valley before enrolling in culinary school. Shirley says that through her work at China Poblano, she fell in love with Mexican cuisine and learned more about her own heritage, Chinese cuisine.
On last week’s debut episode, Shirley was declared safe in the Elimination Challenge, where chefs set up field kitchens in a Louisiana swamp to tackle turtles, frogs and alligators to make a meal for the private dining society Dinner Lab.
Her dish highlighting a Louisiana delicacy was turtle soup with goji berry and Chinese broth. After an appearance on Bourbon Street by Harry Connick Jr., three of the 19 cheftestants were promptly tossed from the new series. Tonight, Shirley is teamed with her rival chefs in the Elimination Challenge to create and operate a food truck to feed Habitat for Humanity volunteers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
For the first Quickfire Challenge of the new season, the cheftestants work through the night to make gumbo.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.
At M Resort, locals reign supreme. Anthony Marnell III opened this casino with value in mind. With affordable drinks and meals and lots of incentives to play, it's no wonder why M has been a hit since it opened its doors in March 2009.
The property is decorated with dark wood, rich colors and amber-like light fixtures. Gaming offerings include more than 1,800 slot machines and 60 table games, as well as a poker room and race and sports book.
The resort houses 390 guest rooms, including 39 luxury suites. Designed with a modern and contemporary feel, M’s rooms feature dark wood, chrome fixtures and white linens, and are accented by blue or burgundy throws and pillows. Rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the mountains or the Strip.
M dining options include Studio B, a show kitchen buffet; "twisted farm food" at Hash House a Go Go; Baby Cakes bakery; Anthony’s Burgers & Brews, serving gourmet burgers and fries; Vig Deli; Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood; Marinelli’s Authentic Italian Dishes; and the Hostile Grape Wine Cellar, where guests can taste more than 160 types of wine. Plus, 32° Draft has one of the largest beer selections in the valley, with 96 different beers on tap.
The four-star awarded, 23,000-square-foot Spa Mio offers a variety of treatments and services with saunas, Jacuzzis, 16 massage and facial rooms and a full-service salon and barbershop complete with built-in ESPN in the mirrors. Locals also receive 25 percent off all regular price services.
DayDream Pool Club heads up M's adult pool party scene offering the only locals pool party in the Valley.