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Dinner Is Served – Two Of The Worlds Top Chefs

Two of the world's top chefs survey the city's scene...

Gordon Ramsay operates Steak at Paris Las Vegas, Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace and Burger at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Wolfgang Puck’s Las Vegas restaurants include Spago in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Gordon Ramsay Head Chef Las Vegas

Between them, they’ll soon have 10 restaurants in Las Vegas. For Wolfgang Puck, it started in 1992 when he invaded what was then a buffet town and brought Spago to The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, paving the way for a generation of chefs to follow. Gordon Ramsay arrived in 2012, opening three restaurants in less than a year. He’ll add a fourth, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, at The LINQ Promenade this fall. We caught up with the two chefs at the 10th anniversary of Vegas Uncork’d.

ON VEGAS UNCORK’D

Ramsay: “There is not an event on my radar that has this type of talent. Nothing compares to Uncork’d.”

Puck: “It’s great exposure for Las Vegas. As chefs, we are competitors—but we are friends first. It’s nice to be in one place and see each other.”

STATE OF DINING AT CAESARS PALACE

Ramsay: “It’s pretty diverse. You will never get bored, that’s for sure.”

Puck: “Caesars Palace has a great assortment of restaurants. You could spend two weeks in Las Vegas and eat in a great restaurant every night.”

CAESARS PALACE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Wolfgang Puck Caesars Palace 50th Anniversary

Ramsay: “It’s a big one. Ironically [Caesars] is sharing a birthday with somebody else this year—a chef who happens to reside out of Scotland. He has fifteen Michelin stars, thirty-two restaurants and a few lighthearted TV documentaries. What an iconic year.”

Puck: “Today, it seems like Las Vegas’ main attraction is restaurants, and Caesars Palace has some of the best on the Strip.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

Ramsay: “Fish & Chips will bring nostalgia to Vegas. It’s not a greasy spoon. It’s pretty sophisticated.”

Puck: “Nothing in the works for Las Vegas, but we never say never. We’re opening [new restaurants] in Shanghai, New York City and Doha this year, so three places. That’s enough.”

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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