Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 | 4:58 p.m.
Late Nite Chef Fight
Season 2 of “Late Nite Chef Fight” from Las Vegas premieres tonight on A&E’s FYI cable channel, and here’s a sneak peek. Producer Marklen Kennedy (“Gigolos”) is the creator behind “Late Nite Chef Fight.” He told me:
“Elite Las Vegas-based chefs leave behind their lavish, well-equipped kitchens and enter never-before-seen food trucks, where they will try to outwit and out-cook their competition.
“Based on the real after-hours chef competition that takes place in Las Vegas, each episode of “Late Nite Chef Fight” has two leading Las Vegas-based chefs competing against each other in a food truck they have never stepped foot inside before. With a lively audience cheering them along, the chefs battle it out and go head-to-head after-hours on the Las Vegas Strip.
“Using a diverse and exotic range of unfamiliar ingredients left behind in the food trucks, the chefs have to create three unique dishes in three, fast-paced rounds. The winner of the first round chooses which of the two food trucks they will work out of, and winning the second round gives the chef a major advantage against their competitor.
“In the third and final round, the chefs must create a main course that coincides with the previous two challenges. The dishes are presented to two expert judges, with the winner taking home the ultimate Las Vegas bragging rights and a meal cooked by the loser.”
Here’s a YouTube video of a December episode from Season 1 in a showdown between Las Vegas chefs Todd Harrington and Christian Dolias:
Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali, a cooking enthusiast and four-time world champion boxer, and restaurateur and Las Vegas chef Vic “Vegas” Moea serve as hosts. Spike Mendelsohn, Michael Chernow, Casey Lane and Chris Oh are rotating guest judges.
Tonight’s show, “Skin and Bones,” was filmed in the parking lot of the Palms and features a high-end maestro of Southern comfort food battling a Filipina firecracker catering chef in a battle of the sexes.
Hot off the grill!
* Trip Advisor has named Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas downtown the No. 1 restaurant in Las Vegas. Bouley in New York was named No. 1 in the United States, with Venetian chef Daniel Boulud ranked No. 9 in all of America.
Fellow Venetian chef Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Napa was No. 16 and his Per Se in New York at No. 18, separated by MGM Grand chef Tom Colicchio with his Manhattan restaurant. The one Las Vegas restaurant in the Top 25 in the U.S. was Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand.
* The Nevada Restaurant Awards for Culinary Excellence are at Palazzo tonight. Chefs and restaurateurs from across the state will attend as former Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt-Bono joins me to MC.
We’ll announce Bartender of the Year, Culinarian of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Restaurant Neighbor of the Year and Restaurant Allied of the Year. Happy to tell you that at least two Las Vegas food-and-wine VIPs will be recognized.
* Celebrated French five-star chef Alain Ducasse officially opens his Rivea and Skyfall Lounge atop Delano Las Vegas tonight.
* Also opening today with a Mayor Carolyn Goodman ribbon-cutting ceremony is Zydeco Po-Boys downtown on Carson Avenue with its Louisiana Cajun recipes from owner-chef Brandon Trahan.
* “Bar Rescue’s” award-winning expert mixologist Mia Mastroianni christens the newly designed venue Social at the Palms with a mixology demonstration.
* The four-day Great American Foodie Fest with more than 30 food trucks gets underway tonight at Sunset Station in Henderson. You can eat like a king and party like a rock star.
* Celebrated star chef Wolfgang Puck hosts a two-hour cooking demonstration and autograph session of his “Make It Healthy” cookbook at Macy’s in Downtown Summerlin on Saturday at noon. He promises plenty of scrumptious samples to enjoy.
* Cirque du Soleil’s One Drop charity joins with Barrick Gold to host the 4th Annual One Drop Walk for Water on Saturday. UFC Hall of Famer and former light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will be joined by the mayor, Cirque Senior VP Jerry Nadal and Springs Preserve Foundation President Jenna Morton for the 9:30 a.m. walk from Symphony Park to arrival one hour later at Springs Preserve.
* Ghostbar Dayclub, Sin City’s favorite afternoon winter party at the Palms, resumes Saturday at 1 p.m.
* Las Vegas stars and headliners will turn out for Jeff Leibow’s 5th Annual NF Hope concert Sunday at the Venetian. Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that results in tumors growing on any nerve ion the body without warning. Jeff’s young daughter Emma was diagnosed with the condition in 2010 when she was just 9 months old.
In its initial four years, NF Hope has raised more than $250,000 for research and advocacy. Among the stars taking part Sunday: Clint Holmes, Frankie Moreno, Bob Anderson, Human Nature, Pia Zadora and Kristen Hertzenberg.
* For one night only on Monday, the historic recordings of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans made 40 years ago will be brought back to life by Las Vegas singer George Bugatti and pianist Vincent Falcone at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.
Father John Misty is at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.
The Australian Bee Gees celebrate their 1,500th show at Excalibur with a red carpet celebrity party, so dust off your dancing shoes.
Las Vegas author Renee Jean hosts a book release party for her “Survivor” at Toscana Ballroom in the Venetian/Palazzo convention center to benefit Shade Tree charity for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview spotlights music and comedy with Jimmy Buffett, Daughtry, UB40, Rita Rudner, Roseanne Barr, Margaret Cho and Ciara’s 30th birthday party.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.