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by Sophie Gayot

While there are many restaurants in Las Vegas, some offer dramatic views that can make your dining experience even more exciting. Top of the World at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is one of them. Perched on the 108th floor of a tower from which you can jump (don’t worry, the SkyJump is safe, as guests are tethered) on a 180-degree revolving platform, the view is just breathtaking.

Even better, Top of World is not what we call a “tourist trap” as the food is quite good. The chef, Claude Gaty, is French and has traveled around the world. He has brought back flavors from all over that he combines well in his dishes, such as his roasted pork belly with chimichurri. To discover more, watch my exclusive video interview with Gaty and hotel executive chef Rick Giffen.

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The exterior of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and THEhotel in Las Vegas

The exterior of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and THEhotel in Las Vegas

One of Miami’s hottest hotels is heading for Vegas, baby! MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group have announced a partnership to integrate the all-suite Delano Las Vegas into Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The bastion of hip (and Morgans’ signature luxury brand) will replace THEhotel in late 2013. This second Delano property in the U.S. will introduce the Delano’s South Beach lifestyle to The Strip and include a destination nightclub. In addition, there will be several new food and beverage venues, including a casual American bistro by chef Brian Massie, a Japanese dining destination by celebrity chef Akira Back and a new vision for Mandalay Bay’s own Red Square.

Continue reading “The Delano Hotel to Take Up Residence at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas – Travel News” »

by Sophie Gayot

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners Robert De Niro and Meir Teper like to keep themselves busy. So after opening two dozen signature Nobu restaurants around the world, they have partnered with Caesars Palace to open the first Nobu Hotel along with their twenty-fifth restaurant.

Since the trio has had a long history with designer David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group, Rockwell is in charge of both Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Nobu Restaurant Caesars Palace.

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Sophie Gayot - Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay with Sophie Gayot

Sophie Gayot - Gordon Ramsay

Smiling Gordon Ramsay with Sophie Gayot




















by Sophie Gayot

Last week mega-superstar/high-energy personality/TV host/chef Gordon Ramsay was in Las Vegas to open his latest restaurant venture: Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. As this is a British-inspired venue in a French-themed hotel, it’s fitting that diners enter it through an arcade reminiscent of the Chunnel connecting the two countries.

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by Sophie Gayot

Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, which opened in November 2011, is spearheaded of course by chef Michel Richard, one of’s Top 40 U.S. chefs. The restaurant is so well-regarded that it made’s 2012 Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. and is also one of our Las Vegas Top 10 24-hour restaurants.

May I suggest two ways to discover the restaurant: watch my exclusive video interview above with executive chef Todd Harrington, or, better yet, join me at the GAYOT Dinner Series to be held there on May 10th. I will be there along with the debonair Michel Richard.

Continue reading “Ninth GAYOT Dinner Series” »

Hollywood Meets Haute Cuisine at a Much-Anticipated Las Vegas Hotel

Nobu Matsuhisa‘s name graces many fine restaurants from coast to coast, including his flagship restaurants, Matsuhisa in Los Angeles, Nobu New York and Nobu Las Vegas. Now the Japanese chef’s name is going on a Las Vegas hotel. “The idea of a Nobu hotel has always excited me,” says Robert De Niro, an early investor in Nobu’s restaurants. Continue reading “Nobu Hotel to Open in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – Travel News” »

by Sophie Gayot

Carnevino, Mario Batali’s steakhouse at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, features more than just great steaks. Watch my exclusive video interview with executive chef Nicole Brisson to see what goes on behind the scenes to make your meal at Carnevino so memorable.

Carnevino is one of’s 2012 Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S., and is profiled in our just published Annual Restaurant Issue, along with
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. – a tribute to the finest dining destinations in America

Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. – great places that opened recently
5 Rising Chefs – American chefs 30 and under who are making their mark
Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. – appearing in the Restaurant Issue for the very first time
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S. – reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times
and the U.S. Best Restaurateur of the Year.

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Sushi, Zen and Shizen

on February 17th, 2012
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Chefs William Siew (left) & Maswin Sukotjo with Sophie Gayot

Chefs William Siew (left) & Maswin Sukotjo with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

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!

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Celebrating All Things Pork

on September 26th, 2011
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Bacon-in-the-batter waffles

Bacon-in-the-batter waffles

by Bob Barnes

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas recently hosted the inaugural All-Star Cochon, bringing together leading chefs, butchers and 14 different heritage breed pigs for the best of all things pork. A snout-to-tail menu was prepared by the chefs, which showcased over forty unique pork dishes like proscuitto cotto tremazzini and braised pork & peanut soup. The event also featured cured meats, a butchery demonstration, craft brews, cocktails and a variety of pig-infused desserts such as the bacon-in-the-batter waffles, bacon cotton candy and pork belly + pineapple tarte tatin. Continue reading “Celebrating All Things Pork” »

Do Not Try This at Home

on August 26th, 2011
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by Sophie Gayot

After stops in Spain (Jaleo) and Greece (Estiatorio Milos), my culinary tour of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas took me to Japan at the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill. I decided to sit at the sushi bar in the back dining room so I could be close to the sushi chef and watch him cut elegantly through the flesh of the fishes that are flown in daily from distant places like Japan and the Atlantic. After a while, I had to tell him to stop so we could try dishes from the grill, prepared by another chef. Watch my exclusive video interview with both of them, and read my just published review of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill to learn more.

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