Friday, July 27, 2012

Bally's Las Vegas to Host The World Food Championships

Hosted by Man v. Food’s Adam Richman, with additional events at Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Palace

 The World Food Championships (WFC) announced a partnership with Bally’s Las Vegas as the official host of the four-day food festival and cooking competition. Additional events will take place at Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Palace, all at the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip. Television’s Adam Richman will play host to the festivities Nov. 1 through Nov. 4.The alliance will transform the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard into a food epicenter with unrivaled competition and culinary experiences, when food champions from across the United States will compete for fame and fortune.\
Adam Richman
With a total prize pot of $300,000, the World Food Championships will feature seven categories: BBQ, Chili, Burger, Sandwich, Champion’s Challenge, Side Dish and Chef’s Challenge. Each of the seven category competitions will take place at Bally’s Las Vegas on Nov. 2 and 3. Throughout the competitions, several People’s Choice and VIP opportunities will occur near the Strip and at Paris Las Vegas. On Nov. 4, the ultimate food battle, where each of the champions from the seven categories will go head-to-head for the main prize purse, will occur at a Final Table in front of the iconic Caesars Palace. This showdown will be judged by a panel of seven celebrity/culinary judges, including WFC spokesman Adam Richman, star of the Travel Channel’s “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America” and “Man v. Food: Nation,” and author of “America the Edible” and the upcoming “Quest for the Best.”
"The World Food Championships is unlike any culinary event Las Vegas has ever seen and we feel that Bally’s Las Vegas is the ideal location,” said Mike McCloud, president of Trybe Targeting, the company producing the four-day event. "WFC is the ultimate food showdown, and in a city known for world-class food and entertainment, there is no better place to host this event. “
“Bally’s Las Vegas is the perfect home for the inaugural World Food Championships,” said Jeffrey Frederick, vice president of food and beverage for Bally’s Las Vegas. “Right in the center of the Strip, Bally’s partnership with the World Food Championships will give guests the opportunity to taste a wide variety of America’s favorite dishes from amateur and professional chefs. The competition will transform a section of Las Vegas Boulevard, with events spread across three resorts, creating one of the largest food competitions this city has ever seen.”
For more information about events, opportunities or competitions at The World Food Championships, visit

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The 2012 World Pastry Team Championship was held July 8&9, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa . This event showcased the best in the Pastry Arts, which included 7 teams competing for the World Championship. Japan, the reigning world championship presented the most stunning culinary creation capturing this year’s world title again. USA was a very close second, with only a few short votes in between these two teams that demonstrated incredible skill, finesse and expertise.

The Zodiac was the theme this year and this encompassed several required elements in the competition:  1 sugar showpiece, 1 chocolate showpiece, I chocolate and sugar tray, 3 different types of chocolate bon bons ,1 entrement, 3 different types of petites gateaux , I entrement glace, and 1 plated dessert.
Within each of the categories, specific guidelines must be followed and executed superbly. The plated dessert is perhaps the only one that the chefs have a freestyle format where their skills can have more lee-way since there are no restrictions on the number of components or shapes to each dessert. But for the majority of the competition the years of experience and precision are under intense scrutiny of the judges.

This year judges included representatives from every country in the competition including those who chose to remain “unaligned” including Las Vegas’s, Chris Hammer the youngest American pastry chef to win the 2004 title of World Pastry Champion, owner of The School of pastry Design and winner of Top Chef Just Dessert and Vincent Pilon, Executive pastry Chef, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV.  Presiding over the judges was the president of the jury, Robert Ellinger, C.M. B, C.E. P. C., Chef/Owner of Baked to Perfection, Port Washington, NY.  Robert Ellinger is the Founder and President of the Guild of Baking and Pastry Arts along with a career that included serving as Executive Pastry Chef at the Metropolitan Opera, and The United Nations.
With the multitude of auspicious judges the decision to crown the new winners was exceedingly difficult due to the incredible talent and expertise that was being showcased in this two day competition.  As the competition was “heating Up”, the ballrooms of the Red Rock Hotel where also a place where sponsors such as Amoretti, ABS ( American Baking Systems,  AUI a gourmet food company , E. Guittard, creators of fine artisan chocolates along with many other  purveyors and distributors of everything related to the World of Pastry were available with samples and demonstrations.
Many demo classes were held by the Professional Chefs and where filmed for the first time, thus making these classes available for purchase anywhere in the world.  Also available for pre-order was the competition’s first professional cookbook, “Plating for Gold.” This book is a compilation of the plated desserts from the 2010-2011 competition.

From informative demonstrations, to the premier of one of the first “Sugar Arts” Culinary schools, the rooms were alive with the energy and enthusiasm from the best in the industry.
All the while, the most innovated Pastry Chefs were busy creating and crafting their most elaborate and sophisticated Pastry Perfections that were showcased for all participants before the gala dinner.
Team Japan’s “Zodiac “sugar showpiece was indeed a marvel; one in which photos only hope to capture.  Team Japan had flown in their own “cheerleading squad” to help bolster enthusiasm as they went on to maintain their crown.  For all those involved in the Pastry industry, this was indeed a culmination of years of hard work and passion.

One can see why many are motivated to embrace the career of a Pastry Chef; it is one of creativity, art, passion, skill and beauty.  No wonder dessert is served last at a meal.  It stands as the best thing to be remembered.  And this event reflected that statement.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Announces America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2012

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has announced the second release of the August Restaurant Issue dedicated to presenting America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2012. The editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine have scoured the country for the ultimate in wine dining. These 100 restaurants stood out to Wine Enthusiast’s editors because of their innovative menus, excellent hospitality and extraordinary wine service, each with a unique ambiance.
This year, the list contains nearly one-third entirely new restaurants receiving this prestigious award. The 100 Best Wine Restaurants issue offers an insider’s take on dining trends, with both chef and sommelier interviews, chef recipes and the restaurants’ perfect wine and food pairings, some of which may surprise you. Organized by region, all 100 restaurants are split between Northeast, Central, South and West portions of the United States.
W.E.’s America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2012 Issue’s Top Five Features
Pig Roasts: the pet project of top chefs across the country
Onsite Gardens: cocktails and dishes that is truly homegrown
Burgers: an American classic and a perfect wine-pairing partner
Large-Format Bottles: a return to luxe wine service
The Map: a hunger-inducing roadmap of culinary & vinous delights
Adam Strum , Editor and Publisher
“We are thrilled to name our second list of 100 amazing restaurants chosen from Wine Enthusiast’s editorial perspective for our readers,” stated Editor and Publisher of Wine Enthusiast Adam Strum. “We feel that wine is as important as the food it is paired with in restaurant service, and we’re delighted to give recognition to those establishments who are achieving great heights with this wonderful marriage of superb cuisine and the perfect bottle. It is with tremendous pride and pleasure that we honor these 100 restaurants with this esteemed award.”
 See the complete list of America’s Top Wine Restaurants and enjoy!
This is an amazing list of some of the best restaurants from coast to coast.  Wine Enthusiasts Magazine has done it once again this year compiling a list that any foodie and oenophile would enjoy and be anxious to use as a guide.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

LUCKYRICE Brings The Flavors Of The East To The Cosmopolitan Resort In Las Vegas.

Picture an Asian street filled with paper lanterns swaying in the breeze. The smells and scents of aromatic spices and meats fill the air, tantalizing one to stop and indulge in the vibrant and colorful world of the night market.  You did not need to go to China, Singapore, or Thailand to find these vendors; they came to Las Vegas for the Inaugural Lucky Rice Night Market culinary event.  Held at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas’ roof top Boulevard pool venue, the food and drink stations were set up with Asian flair, accented with many alluring culinary and drink creations.

This dine around experience was unlike any that we have every attended; the food was spectacular, and the drinks where hand crafted.  Top chefs showcased their best bites while the cocktails were creatively crafted by top mixologists including Tony Abou-Ganim, Tobin Ellis and Mariena Mercer who brought their expertise using Bombay Sapphire EAST.

Lucky Rice founder, Danielle Chang is bringing her vision across the country to introduce others to the integration of Asian culture into vibrant social gatherings, where the food and drink brings about that social and cultural awareness and synergy.

   Helping to support this endeavor, the Culinary Council‘s expertise is from non other but the best Chefs with a love for Asian cuisine.

Not only do these chefs provide the impetus for the festival, many host the event and we were able to meet several of these visionaries as they served up their delicacies.  Members of the Council include: Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Floyd Cardoz, David Chang, Michael “Bao ”Huynh,Susur Lee, Anita Lo, Masaharu Marimoto, Pichet Ong, Tadashi Ono, Zachary Pelaccio, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuleson, Angelo Sosa, Albert Trummer, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Chef Angelo Sosa ; a sashimi of fluke with bone marrow and parmesan reggiano plated on top of the bone

Serving one of the most memorable bites of the evening was Chef Angelo Sosa ; a sashimi of fluke with bone marrow and parmesan reggiano plated on top of the bone.  As he seared off the finishing touches of his dish,we were begging for more of this succulent and savory bite.

There were many more bringing their Culinary “A-Asian” game, including  Susur Lee’s rack of lamb thailandaise which was cooked to perfection as only a perfectionist could accomplish.  The perfectly seared chop melted in your mouth with a touch of Thai spices in a creamy sauce that accented the perfection of this dish.

Chef Jet Tila


 Chef Jet Tila’s braised short rib taco with Brussels sprouts and kochujang salsa was another favorite of the night.  He is an artist that performs culinary magic and this amazing morsel hypnotized the crowd.

 Chef Charles Phan of the Slanted Door San Francisco was on deck with his garlic beef rolls, with Thai basil and housemade spiracha.

Chef Charles Phan Garlic beef rolls, with Thai basil and housemade spiracha.

There many more amazing chefs, including Chefs Paul Qui, Saipin Chutima, Stephan Hopcraft, Dale Talde, Sang Yoon, Pichet Ong, David Myers, Ari Kolender and many others serving up their take on the perfect example of Asian cuisine in a small bite.
Chef Paul Qui

Creators of this event are truly opening the doors to the Asian cuisine and culture and letting everyone experience an authentic night market right here in Las Vegas at a world class resort like the Cosmopolitan.
For those wanting to experience the best in Asian cuisine and cocktails prepared by the best in  the world , Everyone should step through those doors into a world that you will never be able to forget.  For more information on future Lucky Rice venues go to www.