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Strip Scribbles: Las Vegas chefs set for ‘Top Chef Masters,’ and Wet ’n’ Wild contest


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Bon Appetit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork’d on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (David Becker for Bon Appetit)

2013 Vegas Uncork'd: Rick Moonen and Tony Abou-Ganim

Bon Appetit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork'd on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (David Becker for Bon Appetit) Launch slideshow »

Hulk Hogan Brings Wrestling to Orleans

Professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan poses during an interview at the Orleans Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Hogan, general manager of TNA Entertainment, will bring a TNA Impact Wrestling pro wrestling event to the arena in June. Launch slideshow »
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Mac King with a proclamation at Harrah's Las Vegas.

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Hot wings winners Michael Leahy and Ariana Reed at Diablo's Cantina in Monte Carlo.

Two Las Vegas chefs and possibly a third will be seen in the next edition of “Top Chef Masters” this summer on Bravo. RM Seafood champion Rick Moonen of Mandalay Bay is returning, and chef Herb Wilson from Sushi Samba at the Palazzo also is onboard.

It’s unclear whether Jean-Paul Labadie, new executive chef at Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals, will be featured. All are sworn to secrecy. Season 5 was shot in L.A. three months ago and air in June. An adventure theme has been added to filming.

I’ve learned that in one challenge, the chefs parachute from a plane carrying all the cooking utensils they can. They reportedly land in a field of sheep and lambs and have to immediately host a barbecue. Bravo confirms that star chef Curtis Stone will host, and Gail Simmons is new lead critic.

Bravo also had green-lit development of a new project from Gordon Ramsay’s video production company titled “America’s Best Restaurant,” with 16 restaurants across the country vying for the crown. No word as to whether Gordon will host or appear on it.

FIRST SLIDE RIDERS: Four lucky winners will be the first official riders to go down the slides at the new Wet ’n’ Wild to help raise funds for the Andre Agassi Foundation and Opportunity Village.

Opening Memorial Day Weekend, the new multimillion-dollar water park starts eBay auctions today for inaugural rides on its slides Rattler, Constrictor, Hoover Half Pipe and Royal Flush Extreme. The auctions end at noon next Thursday. Got to eBay for details and to bid.

SQUEAMISH MODELS: On Wednesday night’s “Model Employee” on VH1 with runway glamour girls vying for $100,000 and an advertising campaign with Mandalay Bay, two wound up seeking medical help while in Dumpsters searching for recyclables. One complained that her makeup had run into her eyes. Another model was ordered to sacrifice her piercings and tongue ring or be kicked off the show. She decided to stay and compete.

Two others who became MVPs of the challenge interviewed Steel Panther. Next week on the “Swimming With the Sharks” episode, the models plunge into danger diving in the Shark Reef Aquarium and preparing food to feed them.

WRESTLING STARS: Wrestling legends Hulk Hogan and Sting will fight in the first Impact Wrestling televised matches from The Orleans Arena on June 29 for Hulk’s Impact Wrestling lineup. The roster also will include “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy, Olympic champion Kurt Angle, Velvet Sky, Gail Kim and Miss Tessmacher.

The two-part broadcast will air on Spike TV on July 4 and 11. Hulk presented former Mayor Oscar Goodman with a championship belt at The Orleans during Wednesday’s announcement.

13 LUCKY YEARS: Comedy magician Mac King was presented with a proclamation from Mayor Carolyn Goodman and a cake for his 13th anniversary at Harrah’s. Gov. Brian Sandoval and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller sent commendations. Celebrity pals celebrating with Mac: Kevin Burke, Maren Wade (“iCandy Burlesque”), Chippendales and cast members of “Million Dollar Quartet,” “Rock of Ages” and “Marriage Can Be Murder.”

Mac’s full-time one-man show began at Harrah’s in 2000, and he’s performed 6,670 shows to more than 1 million. During that time, he’s had 33,800 audience volunteers, used 351,520 playing cards and 20,280 feet of rope for his rope trick and magically appeared 20,280 Fig Newtons.

HOT WINGS: More than 40 glamour girls got sticky and messy at the third annual Hot Chicks vs. Hot Wings contest at Diablo’s Cantina at the Monte Carlo with Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack at the Monte Carlo. The turnout was so large that a men’s field was added last minute.

Ariana Reed from Light Nightclub won $3,000, and Michael Leahy, a bar back from Haze, won $2,000 for eating the most wings in 5 minutes.


Legendary comedian and impersonator Rich Little has extended his LVH run of “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” with its 30 celebrity voices to July 1.

Star chef Todd English will host the Keep Memory Alive golf invitational at Southern Highlands on June 11, with an after-party at T.E.P.

Congratulations to chef Megan Romano on the first anniversary of her Chocolate & Spice Bakery, where she told me she’s extending its core business with cooking classes and wedding events.


It’s the annual Helldorado Days that runs until midnight with a rodeo, a carnival and a parade.

Missy Elliott hosts and performs at Haze.

Yellowcard plays Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Film Festival hosts a mixer to encourage local film buffs to join the scene, and there’s a screening of “Don’t Stop Believing: Everyman’s Journey.”

The 11th annual Girls Night Out charity gala for Friends of Shade Tree is at The Act in the Palazzo with Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie headlining.


Our weekend Celebrity Preview has the latest on the superstars of music at the 2013 Billboard Awards, plus, the new Luxor theater for Jabbawockeez and Siegfried & Roy’s Lights of Compassion weekend.

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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