There might be some debate as to what makes a celebrity chef because these days chefs are not really cooking in front of the camera like they once did. Go ahead and scream out "Bam" and instantly you think about Emeril showing us how to make some southern specialty that we are sure we can replicate. Don't worry about having to cook because in Las Vegas the celebrity chefs are plentiful. All you have to do is try to find the best celebrity chef restaurant. If I had to choose the best I would go with Chef Mario Batali's Carnevino for steak and Chef Scott Conant's D.O.C.G. for my go to meal and Wolfgang Puck's Spago because I get sentimental when I think about his meatloaf.
I should add that most of these Celebrity Chefs with restaurants in Las Vegas are not in the kitchen all that much. Sure, their name is on the menu and in lights out front but they instead hire a few talented chefs to cook their menu. With that said the term "Celebrity Chef" is also a bit... weird because I can find a few of my very own celebrity chefs and most of them do not have a television show.
If you just want to eat and you don't care what name is on the sign out front Las Vegas does that very well:
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Kitchen nightmares is a show I have to watch even if I don't want to. It sucks you in and before you know it you want to scream at someone for not cleaning their walk-in freezer or for not firing that loud mouthed server. Gordon Ramsay is probably the loudest celebrity chef out there right now and in Vegas his restaurants are hot. Don't miss the hot dog at BurGR or the fish and chips at GR Steak.
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Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas
It seems like we all know about Wolfgang Puck but we don't know why he is a celebrity chef. Is it because he has had a few recurring roles in television or is it because he has plenty of celebrity friends or maybe it's just that his ability to create amazing food has helped him skyrocket to the top of every type of culinary list. Whatever the case maybe he is the definition of a celebrity chef and you get plenty of opportunities in Las Vegas to sample what he does best. Do not overlook the meatloaf at Spago.
- Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill
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You know who she is right? The thin, always smiling, extremely attractive woman who seems to be able to cook a ton of great things on television while looking you right in the eye and making you wonder if it is okay to have a crush on a chef. No, is that just me? She has opened a new restaurant in a revamped hotel on the Las Vegas strip and you can be sure that I will be hovering until I can get a good selfie of the both of us. You don't need to look too hard to find talented women cooking on the Las Vegas strip but the addition of Giada will hopefully shed even more light on the huge talent pool in Las Vegas.
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Emeril Lagasse Restaurants In Las Vegas
There is a good chance you grew up watching Emeril scream "Bam" on television. You may have used "take it up a notch' in a sentence more than you should have. In Las Vegas his restaurants take it up the right amount and with three to choose from you cannot go wrong. Watch a game or have some beef with Emeril and you will not be disappointed.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Scott Conant in Las Vegas
You might not know that you have been watching Chef Scott Conant on Chopped and "24 Hour Restaurant Battle" but it seems like his face is on every food network when looking for something good to watch late at night. I typically tend to skip past his television appearances seen as how my wife thinks he has a "charming quality," whatever that means. Instead, I would much rather be eating his food because this guy can cook. In a perfect world, I would eat one of his pizzas from D.O.C.G. and the creamy polenta from Scarpetta at least once a week. Of course, if I did that I would have to bring my wife along and before you know it she would ask why I can't cook as well. You know that isn't right.
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I don't like Mario Batali. Do you remember Molto Mario? There I said it. It has absolutely nothing to do with him but everything to do with me trying to take a few pictures of him while working on some synthetic ice in front of the Venetian. He was wearing clogs, I was wearing figure skates. I'm a hockey player, I don't do toe picks. I fell. He did not laugh (yes, he did laugh) The crowd watching let out a loud and collective OOOHHH. I continued on and tried to act as if I meant for that to happen. Even with all of that embarrassment I still have to tell you that there is no better beef on the planet than what you can get at Carnevino Italian Steakhouse. Steak lovers stop searching for it because Batali has the best steak in Las Vegas.
- Enoteca Otto
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Bobby Flay Grillin in Vegas
Just how many shows on the Food Network has Bobby Flay been on? I started counting and I think the number hovers between 10 and 18. Personally, I am a fan of his grillin' shows but I could do without the Iron Chef stuff. What I cannot do without is the tamales that they put out at Mesa Grill. They are nothing like the bricks I make at Christmas so I try to get in at least one every couple of months. At Christmas time I actually take a few home and surprise my wife. Go in and surprise yourself.
- Mesa Grill
- Bobby Burger Palace
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Buddy V Does Dessert in Vegas
Honestly, I have never seen his show, Cake Boss on TLC. Ever. However, I have had enough of his desserts that I have a bit of a man crush on him. Also, his meatballs with marinara and fresh baked bread are worth a visit to the bar for a quick snack.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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You know him as the head judge on Top Chef and with that intimidating look, you know his kitchen staff must be good. He is doing steak in Las Vegas and you can expect a quality experience at each of his restaurants. For me, they don't set the world on fire but plenty of people I respect in the food world tell me that I am crazy. I would choose Craftsteak over Heritage if I had to make a choice.
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People love Guy Fieri. They love what he does for comfort food. In fact, after a few beers, I like him to some extent. You can see him on television with his trademark spiky hair and love of the type of food that our cardiologists frown upon. His food is not bad, it is just not always worth the hype. As a friend of mine told me "Stay away from the burger and order the onions rings."