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Photos: Nobu United at Caesars Palace, Hard Rock Hotel makes culinary history


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Larry Ruvo, Nobu Matsuhisa and Gary Selesner attend 2013 Nobu United at Nobu Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013.

‘A Night of Cocktails and Canapes’ With Nobu

“A Night of Cocktails and Canapes” with chef Nobu Matsuhisa at Breathe Pool in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.

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2013 Nobu United at Caesars Palace

2013 Nobu United at Nobu Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, with chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his U.S. chefs. Launch slideshow »

For two nights, celebrated Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa has dazzled Las Vegas diners with nearly 30 of his all-star chefs from all across America. The team of talented kitchen kings from Nobu restaurants as far afield as Hawaii to Miami and from New York to San Diego flew in to join their master chef at his first-ever Nobu United events.

The first-night dine-around “A Night of Cocktails and Canapes” took place at Breathe Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel. I joined Motley Crue’s Vince Neil and “Pin Up” starlet Claire Sinclair for the savory showcase of sensational sashimi and sushi — and way too much sake!

On Wednesday night, Nobu was worshipped and adored at his new hotel tower and restaurant Nobu Caesars Palace by the Las Vegas chapter of the prestigious fine-dining society Chaine des Rotisseurs for a stunning seven-course meal. He turned over the proceeds to our beloved charity Keep Memory Alive.

It started with a sensational Peruvian oyster shooter alongside lobster with yuzu. I would be contented to eat that for the rest of my life. It was absolutely magnificent, and everybody in the jam-packed restaurant agreed: a masterpiece of culinary creation. His soup course was miso consomme with lobster dumpling. The sushi course was tuna and trout with truffle.

As I tweeted: “There are nights, and then there are extraordinary nights never to be repeated. This was one of them.” It was a legendary culinary gathering that made history, an alignment for a single moment in time featuring the pinnacle of Nobu cuisine.

Nobu insists that I have known him 30 years; I thought only 25. What a wonderful, talented, generous and kindly man he is. “Cooking is my life,” he said. “I always put something special in my food — my heart.”

Nobu even led the group on a tour of our downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and later promised to create an even bigger spectacular for the Keep Memory Alive annual gala next April.

I’m sworn to secrecy at this stage, but I can tell you that if all the moving parts are put into place, it will be another night that makes history.

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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