This is a city built on stars. While many think of the stars behind the shows on the marquees, it’s the stars in the kitchens (and the Michelin Guides) that feed the collective bellies in Las Vegas. With each new resort opening, new celebrity chefs seem to pepper the restaurants. First, here’s who didn’t make the list: Pierre Gagnaire with Twist at Mandarin Oriental; Bobby Flay and his Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace; Chef of the Century Joël Robuchon at L’Atelier and Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand; Todd English at Olives at the Bellagio and Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals; Jean Georges Vongerichten at Prime at Bellagio and Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria; Charlie Palmer at Aureole at Mandalay Bay and Charlie Palmer Steakhouse at the Four Seasons; Hubert Keller at Burger Bar and Fleur at Mandalay Bay; Julian Serrano at Picasso at Bellagio and Julian Serrano at Aria; Tom Colicchio at Craftsteak at MGM Grand; and so many more. The list doesn’t even include newcomers Scott Conant at Scarpetta and D.O.C.G., David Myers at Comme Ca or Bruce and Eric Bromberg at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill all recently opened at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. That means we have a list of pretty influential chefs feeding the masses who visit Las Vegas. Take a look at the top five celebrity chefs in Las Vegas.
1 Wolfgang Puck
Las Vegas owes the celebrity chef movement to Wolfgang Puck, who opened Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars in 1992. Then everyone wanted a celebrity chef on their property. Puck now has seven restaurants in the city spread across properties. We love CUT, his divine steakhouse at the Palazzo, but you can always count on good people watching at Spago.
CUT, Palazzo, 702.607.6300
Postrio Bar & Grill, Venetian, 702.796.1110
Spago, Forum Shops at Caesars, 702.369.6300
Springs Café by Wolfgang Puck, Springs Preserve, 333 N. Valley View Blvd., 702.822.7700
Trattoria del Lupo, Mandalay Bay, 702.740.5522
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, MGM Grand, 702.891.3000
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, Crystals, 702.238.1000
2 Michael Mina
Egyptian-born Michael Mina cut his culinary skills in San Francisco before landing in Las Vegas with 2002 with Aqua (now Michael Mina) at the Bellagio. He’s partners with Vegas native tennis superstar Andre Agassi, and now has five restaurants in the city. We love his namesake restaurant at the Bellagio, but for an outdoorsy experience, try American Fish at Aria at CityCenter. Simply divine explorations of cooking on the menu here.
American Fish, Aria at CityCenter, 702.590.8610
Michael Mina, Bellagio, 702.693.7223
Nobhill Tavern, MGM Grand, 702.891.7337
Seablue, MGM Grand, 702.891.3486
StripSteak, Mandalay Bay, 702.632.7414
3 Emeril Lagasse
Emeril Lagasse first rose to fame as the chef at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, then landed his eponymous restaurant there to showcase his cajun and Creole cooking styles. Shows like “Emeril Live” on the Food Network only helped him, his catchphrases and sparkling personality gain traction. He opened Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand in 1995.
Delmonico Steakhouse, Venetian, 702.414.3737
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House, MGM Grand, 702.891.7374
Lagasse’s Stadium, Palazzo, 702.607.2665
Table 10, Palazzo, 702.607.6363
4 Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich
Mario Batali may be best known for his orange Crocs that he dons daily in the kitchen. In Vegas, the former Food Network star runs three restaurants with partner Joe Bastianich at the Venetian and the Palazzo. The duo first set up shop with B&B Ristorante and Enoteca San Marco at the Venetian. We like the aged beef at Carnevino Italian Steakhouse.
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich
B&B Ristorante, Venetian, 702.266.9977
Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, Palazzo, 702.789.4141
Enoteca San Marco, Venetian, 702.677.3390
5 Gordon Ramsay Steak
Gordon Ramsay opened his first restaurant in Las Vegas back in May, and if getting a reservation is any indication, this place is hot. Go for the beef Wellington, one of Ramsay’s signature dishes, or just pick a Pat LaFrieda dry-aged steak from the swanking cart that rolls around the dining room. Ramsay also plans to open a pub at Caesars Palace later this year.
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Las Vegas, 702.946.7000