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With Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

on August 01st, 2012
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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa with Sophie Gayot at Caesars Palace


By the end of the year, I will be able to taste chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s cuisine at his new restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, and even stay at his first boutique hotel: Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace. I can even continue my meal there, as the hotel will offer 24-hour in-room dining service by chef Nobu.

Watch my exclusive video interview with chef Nobu.


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At Paris Las Vegas

on May 16th, 2012
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The Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas wrapped by Gordon Ramsay's image


A British chef’s photo on a French monument? I captured this only-in-Vegas moment by striking his signature pose. I hope you are ok with this Gordon… (At Paris Las Vegas, for the opening of Gordon Ramsay Steak.)


View a photo gallery of the restaurant.

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Chefs William Siew (left) & Maswin Sukotjo with Sophie Gayot

Many Vegas visitors never leave The Strip, and don’t realize what they’re missing. There are peaceful places to stay just a short distance away. One of these relaxing spots I got to experience recently was the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa & Golf, located in Summerlin. The spa, the gardens and the golf courses, surrounding the property, are certainly a good way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Vegas Strip.
You don’t have to fight the traffic jams to eat well, either. I dined at Shizen, one of the four on-site restaurants. Chef William Siew oversees the menu while teppanyaki chefs handle the spatulas and fire at the grills. Sitting at one of those tables is for sure some Sin City excitement. And unlike sitting at a craps table, you can’t lose!
Visit the photo gallery of Shizen restaurant.


(Sophie’s hair & makeup by Hair by Violette. Photo by Joseph Switzer.)

With Julian Serrano

on February 15th, 2012
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Julian Serrano with Sophie Gayot

Some of the restaurants I have dined at in Los Angeles have appeared in movies. On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself at a restaurant where superstar Julia Roberts tells George Clooney that he is a thief and a liar in a movie scene. If you’re a fan of “Ocean’s Eleven,” you’ll want to visit Picasso restaurant by the fountains at the Bellagio. I asked chef Julian Serrano for some details, as he has been cooking there since it opened in 1999. The restaurant, filled with actual Picasso paintings, has been named one of’s Top 40 Restaurants in the US since 2004.


Here’s the scoop: if you want to sit at the actual table where the action went down, you still can. The table known as table 34 is still there; it has no official name, but if you ask for the “Ocean’s Eleven Table,” the staff will know what you mean. Since there are so many requests for the table, it is wise to reserve it well in advance. Visit the photo gallery of the restaurant if you can not get there…

(Sophie’s hair & makeup by Hair by Violette. Photo by Joseph Switzer.)

With Pascal Sanchez

on February 07th, 2012
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Chef de cuisine Pascal Sanchez with Sophie Gayot

When I am in Las Vegas, besides dining at the restaurants, I also like to tour them and say hello to the chefs to learn more what’s going on in this exciting restaurant city. So here I am with Pascal Sanchez, the chef de cuisine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. The restaurant is perched on the twenty-third of the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas hotel. The view is great, as you can imagine.


After the restaurant opened in 2009, it made the 2010 list of Top 10 New Restaurants in the US. The following year, we named it one of’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.


The 2012 honorees will be announced on March 5th. Subscribe to our free Restaurant Issue Newsletter to be one of the first ones in the know.

(Sophie’s hair & makeup by Hair by Violette. Photo by Joseph Switzer.)

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