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.