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Chef Chris Crary got voted out of Top Chef season 9 but not off GAYOT.com. He is one of GAYOT’s 2012 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S. Crary is the chef de cuisine at Whist restaurant, located in the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel.
The picture behind über-chef Wolfgang Puck and me adorns the wall of one Puck’s many kitchens in Los Angeles. The question is a good one: “What would Wolfgang do?” I think by now the celebrity chef who has catered the Governor’s Ball after the Academy Awards for the past eighteen years really knows what he is doing.
Look at the success of his vast restaurant empire. The latest baby in the basket is simply called Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. After the massive, two-year renovation of the legendary hotel, there was no room for mistakes. Read my just-published review of the restaurant to see that none were made.
After getting a shopping lesson at the famous Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market by chef William Bradley, we decided to pose at the Viceroy hotel. Chefs Chris Crary and Tony DiSalvo greeted us at the door.
This time there were only three musketeers, not to defend me but to carry high the torch of fine and good cuisine: Chris Crary, chef de cuisine at Whist at the Viceroy, and who we have seen on season 9 of the TV show Top Chef; William Bradley, of the Addison restaurant at The Grand del Mar, a GAYOT.com Top 40 Restaurants in the US; and Tony DiSalvo, executive chef at the Viceroy.
on February 17th, 2012Print This Post
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.
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 GAYOT.com’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…
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