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January 21, 2018

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Counter Intelligence: Tom Colicchio on ‘Chef’; Steve Martorano + Paula Deen; Megan Romano’s pies


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Tom Colicchio and Andrew Zimmern, pictured here at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in the 100th episode of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” filmed in Las Vegas.

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Paula Deen and Steve Martorano.

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Cycle Pub.

Hot off the grill! “Top Chef” lead judge Tom Colicchio, whose Craftsteak is at MGM Grand, prepping for tonight’s debut of Season 10 in Seattle admitted that the judges had no clue that the Emmy- winning Bravo reality TV competition would run for a decade.

“I had no idea what to expect, but I figured three or four seasons” he said. “We never wanted it to be looked at as a joke or just another reality show. These are talented chefs. I look forward to every new season, and it hasn’t bored me yet. We care about the food, and we can’t fake that because we aren’t actors.”

Our beloved Carla Pellegrino competes tonight; our interview with the Brazilian beauty was posted earlier today.

MARTORANO + DEEN: Congrats to Rio chef Steve Martorano, who filmed a Food Network guest episode with Paula Deen today, and he even modeled his line of Yo Cuz jewelry. He’ll be back at his Cafe Martorano in the Rio this month.

MOBILE BAR PUB CRAWL: First it was food trucks. Now it’s the mobile bar pub crawl experience. You can drink on it when stationary, but the idea is that it takes you on a 2- or 3-hour pub crawl to downtown and Fremont Street bars. Put eight to 14 friends together, and the $420 is as little as $30 per person. Go to for details.

Rides start and end at Mob Bar on North 3rd Street. You can customize a route, but Cycle Pub Vegas has its downtown arts and entertainment district mapped out so you can drink and snack with discounts at bars along their route, and they let them know in advance when you’re about to arrive. Cycle Pub comes with iPod docks, speakers and, of course, built-in cupholders.

PIE BAKING CLASS: Tonight for 90 minutes, chef Megan Romano shares her recipes, tips and tricks for baking the perfect holiday pie. Her Seasonal Holiday Pies Cooking Class is $65 per person at her new bakery and cafe Chocolate & Spice, and in addition to eating everything she cooks, she’ll provide refreshments and gift bags to take home the tasty samples. Her pecan pumpkin and blueberry pies are sensational.

BAGATELLE BEACH & SUPPER CLUB: Bagatelle is a wonderful mix of inimitable Euro chic with high-octane glam for a unique and new Las Vegas experience adjacent to the Tropicana. It officially opens Nov. 16 with a premiere party. Chef John Zamarchi’s menu brings South of France flavors in its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with a touch of Las Vegas flair to each bite.

His signature dishes include homemade gnocchi with black truffle pesto filling and truffle sauce, ahi tuna with taro chips and truffled roasted chicken for two (country style potatoes, foie gras sauce). Bagatelle’s weekend champagne brunches, hailed as one of the best in the world, debut in December. The supper club is open seven nights a week until 11 p.m. and the nightclub until 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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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