American Casino & Entertainment Properties recently named Claude Gaty chef de cuisine for the Top of the World restaurant in the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower. Gaty brings with him 26 years of culinary experience primarily in French cuisine.
Gaty’s responsibilities as chef de cuisine include recipe and menu development, training the staff, and insuring guest satisfaction. Gaty works closely with Executive Chef Rick Giffen and Executive Sous-Chef Carlos Vargas.
Prior to joining the Stratosphere, Gaty took a hiatus from the restaurant industry and spent most of 2008 traveling in France, learning the fine art of artisan bread baking at the San Francisco Baking Institute and being schooled in Thai cooking on the island of Koh Samui.
With a passion for working in a lively restaurant environment, Gaty became chef and partner for the Lettuce Entertain You organization where he played an integral role in the collaboration and creation of Mon Ami Gabi, a classic French bistro restaurant. In the late 90s, Gaty joined the Las Vegas restaurant industry where he spent 10 years as chef and partner for Mon Ami Gabi’s Las Vegas location.
Gaty has spent his career not only as a chef, but also as an entrepreneur. He has opened a number of restaurants including La Bretagne in Maui, The Hatchery in Petaluma, and Bistrot Zinc in Chicago.
The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) announced a new partnership with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The partnership will bring two marquis events to Hard Rock’s brand-new venue, “The Joint,” a 4,000 seat entertainment facility which held its Grand Opening in April 2009. Hard Rock Hotel will also be the official host of PBR’s pre-event VIP Parties during the second weekend of the PBR World Finals.
As part of the new partnership, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will play host to PBR’s Next Round Drafts on Friday, October 30, and Thursday, November 5, where the top 40 bull riders will select which bull they will take on during the next round of competition. The hotel will also host two Official PBR After-Parties which will immediately follow the drafts. Both the drafts and After-Parties will be held at the “The Joint,” where legendary musical acts such as Santana, Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney, and others have played.
PBR and Hard Rock will work together to prepare hotel package promotions for World Finals attendees. Premium “access” items such as special lines or seating areas at After-Parties, drink specials, Meet & Greets, autographed merchandise, and other benefits are being planned for those that choose to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel during their World Finals experience.
The Hard Rock Hotel will also be the official host of VIP Pre-Parties during the second weekend of the World Finals. PBR’s VIP guests will be treated to entertainment and hospitality prior to each night’s performance and then shuttled to and from the hotel. The Hard Rock Hotel is located close to Thomas & Mack arena providing VIP guests with easy access to and from the venue.
The 2009 Built Ford Tough World Finals will showcase the bull riding athletes on in Las Vegas as they vie for more than $3 million in prize money. For the sixth time in its 16-year history, the PBR World Finals will span two consecutive weekends, Oct. 30-Nov 1 and Nov. 5-8. This marquee event represents the crown jewel of bull riding and culminates the 31-city 2009 BFTS tour.