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Las Vegas Chefs Battle for Best Chef of the Year honors at James Beard Awards

Three Las Vegas chefs are battling for the coveted title of Best Chef of the Year Southwest in the 2010 James Beard Awards, and several other Strip chefs are represented in the Oscars of the food industry, as well. 

The finalists were announced last week in New Orleans, and the winners will be announced May 3 at New York’s Lincoln Center. 

The three Best Chefs of the Southwest finalists are the off-Strip Saipan Chutima from Lotus of Siam, Claude Le Tohic from Joël Robuchon at MGM and Rick Moonen from RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay. 

Michael Mina from MGM, Mandalay Bay, Bellagio and Aria is recognized twice in the prestigious awards: His RN74 in San Francisco is nominated for Best New Restaurant, and his self-named restaurant, also in the City by the Bay, is nominated for Outstanding Service, competing against Robuchon’s restaurant at MGM Grand.

Robuchon’s MGM pastry chef Kamel Guechuda is up for the Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year. 

Chef Tom Colicchio, well known to foodies here for his Craft at MGM and as host of Bravo’s Top Chef, is nominated as Outstanding Chef of the Year for his original Craft in Manhattan. 

Two other New York chefs with outposts in Las Vegas will also battle in the Outstanding Restaurant Award category: Mario Batali, who has restaurants at The Venetian and Palazzo, has been nominated for his Babbo in New York City and Daniel Boulud from the Wynn for his Daniel in Manhattan. 

Timothy Hollingsworth, former Venetian chef for Thomas Keller Brasserie and now at Thomas’ French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., has been nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year. 

In other Las Vegas chef news, Todd English from Bellagio and Aria was nominated for Best TV Special for Food Trip With Todd English, as was The Venetian and Palazzo’s Emeril Lagasse who will go head-to-head with English in the TV category for Emeril’s Culinary Adventures: Napa

And architect and designer David Rockwell, who has masterminded numerous Las Vegas restaurants, Crystals at MGM’s CityCenter and the show Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, will be inducted into the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.

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First-Ever Farmer’s Market at The Palazzo in Las Vegas

Celebrating Chef Mario Batali’s restaurants certification by the Green Restaurant Association, Batali brings the first-ever Farmer’s Market to The Palazzo on June 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Las Vegas farmers will set up the Farmer’s Market at The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium providing fresh produce for guests and restaurant chefs to purchasePalazzo and sample. Additionally, biodynamic wines presented by restaurateur/winemaker Joe Bastianich will be available to taste. Delicious, sustainable products such as tomatoes, cucumbers, honey, organic juices, and artisanal bread will entice guests to indulge in the greener side of Vegas as they walk through the beautiful Palazzo Waterfall atrium. 

Additionally, the Farmer’s Market will celebrate Chef Batali’s three certified -green restaurants by the Green Restaurant Association: Carnevino at The Palazzo, B&B Ristorante and Enoteca San Marco at The Venetian. 

 “I am very excited about being the first restaurant group in the first LEED building on the strip to achieve full on GREEN certified status,” said Mario Batali. “I hope that this will be just the beginning for all of our friends in Las Vegas to help preserve our planet for the generations to come and to participate in long term goal oriented decision making in all of our businesses.” 

The Farmer’s Market will consist of displays dedicated to produce with seven local farmers throughout the space selling items such as local quail, chicken and duck eggs, apricots, peaches, figs, golden tomatoes, local desert honey, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, white peaches, local herbs, tomatoes, asparagus, bread, a variety of lettuces and fresh juice from a local orchard.  The displays will be placed throughout the atrium space in a tasteful fashion so guests may go from one to the next sampling the sustainable produce. 

At 4:30 p.m, Mario Batali will officially announce the Green Certification of his Vegas restaurants. Winemaker Joe Bastianich w.ill also discuss biodynamic wines and their Director of Food Safety and Sustainability Elizabeth Meltz will present a more in-depth look of the actual process of “going green” and the Palazzo’s Certified LEED status and other green aspects of The Palazzo. 

To conclude the festive event, an exclusive “Green” three course, prix fixe dinner menu will be available at Carnevino at The Palazzo. Priced at $45 a person, with dishes such as Emerald Lettuce Steak House Wedge with Sweet Garlic and Carne Cruda with “The Farm” quail egg. To make reservations please call Carnevino directly at 702-789-4141.

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