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Culinary TV Challenges on the Las Vegas Strip

Competitors from Food Network Star and Masterchef Battled for Survival in Las Vegas

“Las Vegas is famous for world-class entertainment and five-star dining, so it’s the perfect place for our next series of challenges,” judge Giada De Laurentiis told contestants on an episode of last season’s Food Network Star, filmed at Caesars Palace. The up-and-coming chefs filmed one segment at Bacchanal Buffet, where they had 90 seconds to describe three dishes to De Laurentiis. The next day, the chefs took part in a cooking competition at the resort’s Venus Pool.

Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis, whose only restaurant is located at The Cromwell in Las Vegas, on the set of Food Network Star with fellow judge Alton Brown and at Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace.

Gordon Ramsay, who called Vegas “one of the greatest culinary cities anywhere in the world,” recently brought his MasterChef series to the Strip, filming inside his own restaurant—Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The losing team in “battle hamburger” then faced off in a head-to-head elimination challenge on a rooftop terrace at Caesars Palace, where they had 45 minutes to cook a butter-poached lobster. The loser went home.

But not everyone leaves Las Vegas. Winners of Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen series have received highly coveted jobs here. Season 10 winner Christina Wilson is the executive chef at Gordon Ramsay Burger, while Scott Commings, who won season 12, is now a head chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill inside Caesars Palace—proving that if you can stand the heat, you can stay in the kitchen.

FOOD NETWORK STAR RETURNS FOR ITS 11th SEASON IN JUNE 2015. SEASON SIX OF MASTERCHEF PREMIERES MAY 20th.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF (FOOD NETWORK STAR) FOOD NETWORK AND (MASTERCHEF) FOX.

About The Author

Ryan Slattery grew up in Boston. It wasn’t until he moved to Las Vegas in 2003 that the city’s sports teams started winning championships—eight since he left. Now, he’s only allowed back to visit. Ryan is the managing editor of Vegas Player magazine and also writes about travel, entertainment and dining for a number of national publications.

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