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Bobby Flay discovered his culinary identity at 17 working as a cook at Joe Allen’s. Allen was so impressed with Flay that he paid the young cook’s tuition to The French Culinary Institute. Chef Flay first discovered the sweet heat of Southwestern ingredients working with Jonathan Waxman at Buds and Jams. Jerome Kretchmer offered Bobby Flay an opportunity at Mesa Grill, which opened in 1991. Flay’s restaurants include Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Bobby Flay Steak and Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP).
François Payard, a third generation French pastry chef from Nice, France, cultivated his passion for the art of pastry in his grandfather's acclaimed shop on the French Riviera. In 1997, he realized his dream of opening his own restaurant in New York. Branches of Payard have since opened at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, in Japan, and Korea. Chef Payard is the recipient of top awards including The James Beard Foundation's Pastry Chef of the Year and the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence 2010.
Giada De Laurentiis
Cultivating cuisine in her grandfather’s restaurant and starting her career at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, New York Times best-selling author Giada De Laurentiis exemplifies her heritage in the kitchen. She has become an internationally beloved face, starring in “Everyday Italian,” “Giada’s Weekend Getaways,” “Giada At Home,” “Food Network Star” and serving as a correspondent on NBC’s Today. De Laurentiis will open her first restaurant at The Cromwell in 2014.
Scottish by birth, Gordon Ramsay was brought up in Stratford Avon, England. His dedication and natural talent led him to train with leading chefs Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White in London and Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon in France. Now internationally renowned, Ramsay holds nine Michelin stars and has successful restaurants across the globe, including three restaurants in Las Vegas: Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris, GR Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace and GR BurGR at Planet Hollywood.
Restaurateur, author and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” host Guy Fieri began his love affair with food at ten, selling soft pretzels from a three-wheeled cart he built with his father. He studied abroad in France, gaining an appreciation for international cuisine. In 1996, Fieri launched his culinary career with Johnny Garlics, based in Santa Rosa, CA. He has created a culinary empire as a TV host, chef of six acclaimed restaurants and author. Guy Fieri’s first Las Vegas restaurant will be at The Quad Resort & Casino.
Chef Guy Savoy grew up in Bourgoin-Jallieu in a culinary culture where exceptional seasonal ingredients were a part of everyday life. He worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in and around Paris before opening his own restaurant and winning his first Michelin star. Savoy also received the Legion d'Honneur and an entry into the Larousse Encyclopedia. In 2002, his French colleagues named him Chef of the Year. Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace is the only place in America to experience his elegant cuisine.
Dubbed the rock-n-roll chef by Rolling Stone Magazine, Kerry Simon worked at Little Caesars Pizza in his late teens to save for an electric guitar. The summer job sparked his interest in food and recipe testing from Julia Child’s cookbook. He enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY followed by an apprenticeship at Jean Morels' L'hostellerie Bressane. In July 2010, Chef Simon partnered with Caesars Entertainment to open KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas.
Born in Japan, Chef Nobu cultivated his unique style of fusion artistry with influences from his travels to Peru, Argentina, Alaska and California. In 1987, Chef Nobu opened his first U.S. restaurant, Matsuhisa, in Beverly Hills, which quickly became popular due to a dedication to the highest quality and finest ingredients from around the world. Chef Nobu partnered with Robert De Niro and Meir Teper to open Nobu Restaurant in Las Vegas, his largest location in the world.
South Philadelphia native Steve Martorano is a true American success story. Starting his career as a D.J. with a sandwich delivery business based out of his apartment, he opened Café Martorano in Fort Lauderdale with only $40 in his pocket. Now a worldwide sensation, Martorano’s locations include the original spot in Fort Lauderdale, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL, and Rio Las Vegas. In early 2014, Martorano will open his restaurant at Paris, his second Las Vegas location.