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Giada, Gordon and Guy … oh my! Celebrity chefs take over The Strip for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit


Chef Masaharu Morimoto enjoyed tasty treats at Picnic at The Park during Vegas Uncork'd.

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto enjoyed tasty treats with friends at the  Picnic at The Park event during Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit.

Let’s be honest. The food festival scene these days is oversaturated. Miami Beach, New York, Los Angeles, and even us, Orange County, all tout incredible food and wine-driven experiences. But, for diners in-the-know Las Vegas reigns supreme. It’s an adult playground for those crazed with everything culinary.

Vegas Uncork’d gathers the faces from the pages of Bon Appétit and the celebrity chefs from Food Network all in one place – The Strip. It’s as over-blown and amazing as you might imagine. And, it’s totally worth the calories.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa prepares his signature dishes during Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit on May 11 at Nobu Las Vegas.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa prepared his signature dishes during Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit on May 11 at Nobu Las Vegas.

On May 10-13, a dizzying array of food-focused events commenced. We began our journey with a Master Series celebration hosted by chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The intimate dinner honored the chef and his five successful years inside Nobu-san’s namesake hotel at Caesars Palace.

Nobu’s food remains an ode to his many journeys. The chef is still so vigorous and witty. He also keeps a mind-bogglingly busy schedule. Each month, another opening or a sold-out event. If he’s tired, Nobu-san did not show it. Not one of us noticed an ounce of jet-lag or an inkling of fatigue that evening.

The man knows how to work a crowd. He smiled frequently like a film star, taking pictures with fans (née fanatics) visiting from as far away as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Brazil. For someone who has opened restaurants around the world and continues to tout a celebrity following, its pleasant to see how how grounded and approachable Nobu remains.

The chef also shared with our resident food editor Jenn Tanaka that there will be a swanky celebration in June at his Newport Beach location. Stay tuned for more details …

Other highlights from the Uncork’d weekend included the gut-busting Grand Tasting event where Susan Feniger, chef and co-owner of Border Grill and Blue Window LA, stole the show.

As onlookers watched, Feniger harnessed some pedal power to prepare batches of tasty eco-friendly margaritas! A blender fastened to a stationary bicycle was part show, part conversation piece, and one hundred percent genius! Feniger’s hard work also made a mean margarita.

Chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay attended the 12th annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit Grand Tasting event. The evening, presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits took place at Caesars Palace May 11.

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Chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay attended the 12th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit Grand Tasting event. The evening, presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, took place at Caesars Palace on May 11.

Gordon Ramsey had a huge presence at this year’s festival. At the Grand Tasting alone the UK transplant had six booths that we counted. Dishes featured British cooking that ranged from mini burgers to pint-sized Shepherd’s pie. The best of Ramseyworld was his fish and chips booth. We devoured perfectly crispy slabs of white fish served with a smattering of homemade spreads such as a creamy tarter sauce with bits of fresh dill.

Posted below are a few highlights from Vegas Uncork’d. Unfortunately, we missed out photographing the best dish from the Grand Tasting, which was LAVO‘s pillowy soft gnocchi coated in a decadent Parmesan cream sauce topped with freshly shaved black truffles. You can, however, check out a video, here.

We’ll make sure we save room for next year’s Vegas Uncork’d.

  • Giada De Laurentiis and daughter Jade enjoying a pre-Mother’s Day brunch celebration at GIADA at The Cromwell Las Vegas on May 12.

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    Giada De Laurentiis and daughter Jade enjoying a pre-Mother’s Day brunch celebration at GIADA at The Cromwell Las Vegas on May 12.

  • A mimosa and frozé bar welcomed guests at Giada De Laurentiis' private pre-Mother's Day brunch at GIADA at The Cromwell Las Vegas on May 12.

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    A mimosa and frozé bar welcomed guests at Giada De Laurentiis’ private pre-Mother’s Day brunch at GIADA at The Cromwell Las Vegas on May 12.

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  • Frozé cocktail prepared for a private Mother's Day brunch hosted by Giada De Laurentiis at The Cromwell Las Vegas.

    Frozé cocktail prepared for a private Mother’s Day brunch hosted by Giada De Laurentiis at The Cromwell Las Vegas.

  • Coast magazine managing editor Jenn Tanaka with Lisa Valastro from Cake Boss.

    Jenn Tanaka

    Coast magazine managing editor Jenn Tanaka with Lisa Valastro from Cake Boss.

  • Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and Timon Balloo, chef/partner at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, with Jenn Tanaka at Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit.

    Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and Timon Balloo, chef/partner at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, with Jenn Tanaka at Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit.

  • On May 11, chef/owner Michael Mina with Coast owner/chef Graham Elliot, and Sage executive chef Shawn McClain attended the 12th annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit Grand Tasting event. The evening was presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority with Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of Nevada at Caesars Palace.

    Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit

    On May 11, chef/owner Michael Mina with Coast owner/chef Graham Elliot, and Sage executive chef Shawn McClain attended the 12th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit Grand Tasting event. The evening was presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Nevada at Caesars Palace.

  • Chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina and Julian Serrano during Vegas Uncork'd.

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    Chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina and Julian Serrano during Vegas Uncork’d.

  • The Chefs of Thomas Keller prepared Snake River Farm smoked short ribs for diners during Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit.

    Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit

    The Chefs of Thomas Keller prepared Snake River Farm smoked short ribs for diners during Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit.

  • Seafood Tower Presented at Gordon Ramsay's HELL'S KITCHEN inside Caesars Palace during Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit

    Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit

    Seafood Tower Presented at Gordon Ramsay’s HELL’S KITCHEN inside Caesars Palace during Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit

  • Chef and television personality Guy Fieri prepared delectable steak sandwiches with charred peppers and onions at the 12th annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit Grand Tasting event. The evening filled with food and drink was presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of Nevada.

    Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit

    Chef and television personality Guy Fieri prepared delectable steak sandwiches with charred peppers and onions at the 12th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit Grand Tasting event. The evening filled with food and drink was presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Nevada.

  • Chef Morimoto used a saber to launch the top off a bubbly bottle of Prosecco to kick-off Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit at MGM Resorts' The Park.

    Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit

    Chef Morimoto used a saber to launch the top off a bubbly bottle of Prosecco to kick-off Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit at MGM Resorts’ The Park.

  • Buddy Valastro, chef/owner of Carlo's Bakery and star of Cake Boss, decorates a confection at lunch demo during the Vegas Uncork'd weekend.

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    Buddy Valastro, chef/owner of Carlo’s Bakery and star of Cake Boss, decorates a confection at lunch demo during the Vegas Uncork’d weekend.

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