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Strip Scribbles: ‘Restaurant Express’ winner Seonkyoung Longest opens Jayde Fuzion at M Resort


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“Restaurant Express” Season 1 winner Seonkyoung Longest has opened Jayde Fuzion at the M Resort in Las Vegas.

Seonkyoung Longest’s Jayde Fuzion at M Resort

“Restaurant Express” Season 1 winner Seonkyoung Longest, pictured here with husband Jacob Longest, has opened Jayde Fuzion at the M Resort in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Adjusting to life in a new home in Mississippi in 2009, South Korean-born Seonkyoung Longest taught herself to cook by watching television and putting her own twist on recipes she learned.

Then she decided to make videos with a small camera to share her happiness and recipes. She became determined to enter a Food Network contest — and wound up winning “Restaurant Express” Season 1 hosted by Robert Irvine at our M Resort on Monday.

Now she’s moved here to claim her prize of opening her own restaurant, Jayde Fuzion, a fresh, contemporary Asian restaurant at the M that opens today. Her concept is freshly prepared Japanese, Chinese and Korean small plates made with her Mississippi flair.

“Every evening, I would prepare something new for my husband inspired by something I’d seen watching Food Network, but I’d add a unique twist. Becoming a contestant on ‘Restaurant Express’ was very exciting,” she said. “Winning and ultimately seeing my dishes on the menu at a four-star Las Vegas resort is a dream come true!”

Her restaurant, in the former Marinelli’s Italian space, seats 150 and has an 11-seat sushi bar and 20-seat private dining room overlooking the resort’s pool.

Dan Smith Wins 2013 Doyle Brunson Classic

Dan Smith, 24, wins the 2013 World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Bellagio. Launch slideshow »

THIRD POKER WIN: There are few poker players who win three $1 million prizes in their careers. Not so for Dan Smith when he won the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio.

Dan, 24, grabbed his first WPT title, a $1,161,135 purse to go with two previous million-dollar victories. From Las Vegas, the tour has moved this week onto the island of Jeju off the coast of South Korea. Dan says he’ll return here in April for the season-ending WPT World Championship.

LONDON EXCITEMENT: I’ve reported that Foreigner guitarist Domenick Allen’s leggy wife Leigh Zimmerman won an Olivier Award this year for her West End performances in “A Chorus Line.” The couple has been commuting between the British capital and their Summerlin home.

Now Leigh has been nominated as Featured Actress in a Musical for the What’s On Stage Awards. The awards are in February with public voting determining the winners. Leigh was selected from 80,000 nominations. Help our hometown lass win in London by voting at She’s currently in second; let’s get her to first!

‘PAWN STARS’: Reality TV stars from “Pawn Stars,” “Counting Cars” and “American Restoration” join forces for a Christmas barbecue on Thursday’s episode of “Pawn Stars” titled “A Very Vegas Christmas.”

An hour later, there’s “Another Christmas Story” from “Pawn Stars” as an original Jim Henson puppet finds its way into the downtown store. Las Vegas gallery owner and art valuation expert Brett Maly appears in the back-to-back episodes.

ADULT COMEDY: Comedian Colin Kane has been added to the entertainment lineup of the 2014 AVN Awards at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in January. He describes his brand of humor as “acidic and perverse,” perfect for the princes and princesses of porn at their outrageously sexy annual awards.


TV and movie comedian Pauly Shore was backstage at “Rock of Ages” after watching the ’80s musical in the Venetian.

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Aaron Lewis gets inked at Hart & Huntington Tattoo in Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

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Joe Hahn of Linkin Park at Body English in Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

Singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) got inked with a tattoo of a bald eagle at Hart & Huntington Tattoo in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Joe Hahn of Linkin Park was spotted at nearby Nobu in the Hard Rock.

Las Vegas celebrities who signed ornaments at Trump Hotel to benefit our St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital included Brad Garrett, Frankie Moreno, Rick Harrison, Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Claire Sinclair, Melody Sweets, Mac King, Josh Strickland, Frank Marino and the cast members of “Million Dollar Quartet.”


John Henton, Brian McKim and Traci Skene headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.

DJ Javier Alba is at Lavo in Palazzo.

DJ Ikon is at 1OAK in the Mirage.


Congratulations to our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly as they celebrate their 15th anniversary with a party we’ll preview, plus, an advance look at our hometown hero chef Shirley Chung as she competes in the final two episodes of Bravo’s “Top Chef” in New Orleans.

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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