Culinary Event Of The Year By World's Greatest Chefs Unite At Caesars

Foodies from around the world gathered for the culinary event of the year, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit The Grand Tasting on Friday, May 9, 2014. Some of the finest chefs in the world put their talents on display at the signature culinary event at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Giada De Laurentiis At Vegas Uncorkd The Grand Tasting
Chef Giada De Laurentiis At Vegas Uncork’d The Grand Tasting

Renowned chefs Gordon Ramsay, François Payard, Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Kerry Simon, Frankie Pellegrino Jr., Greg and Marc Sherry – and making her debut to The Grand Tasting – Giada De Laurentiis showcased their culinary talents by presenting some of their signature sampling dishes.

Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy
Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy
Celebrity Chefs At Vegas Uncorkd The Grand Tasting
Frankie Pellegrino Jr, Guy Savoy, Marc Sherry,
Giada De Laurentiis, Nobu Matsuhisa, Marc Sherry,
Regional President of Caesars Palace Gary Selesner
Nobu Matsuhisa
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

The 2,500 guests enjoyed a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by more than 60 of the most celebrated chefs and over 40 Vintner selections.

Celebrity Female Chefs At The Grand Tasting
Susan Feniger, Giada De Laurentiis, Condé Nast Publisher Pamela Drucker Mann,
Mary Sue Milliken, Sr. VP of Marketing for LVCVA Cathy Tull,
Fatimah Madyun, Christina Wilson
Nobu, Guy Savoy, Giada and Francois Payard
Nobu Matsuhisa, Frankie Pellegrino Jr., Marc Sherry,
Guy Savoy, Giada De Laurentiis, Francois Payard, Greg Sherry

The Grand Tasting took place at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, the exquisite five-acre swimming oasis with eight distinctive pools and idyllic gardens, each offering a unique experience for guests.

The Garden of The Gods Pool Oasis
Garden Of The Gods Pool Oasis

Gordon Ramsay represented all three of his Las Vegas restaurants: Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Gordon Ramsay STEAK and Gordon Ramsay BurGR. Bacchanal Buffet and Beijing Noodle No. 9, were also showcased at the Temple pool along with the newly announced restaurant to join the culinary line-up at Caesars Palace, MR CHOW.

Gordon Ramsay at The Grand Tasting
Chef Gordon Ramsay

KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Martorano’s at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Quad Resort & Casino also presented their signature sample dishes during one of the largest Vegas Uncork’d events to date.

Frankie Pellegrino Jr. of RAOs
Frankie Pellegrino, Jr.

The official Uncork’d after party took place at FIZZ Lounge where chefs and acclaimed editors of Bon Appétit joined guests for sparkling Champagne cocktails. FIZZ Lounge, the exclusive, brand-new club at Caesars Palace, boasts 1.2 mil of Elton John and his partner’s personal art collection. Last night was truly a treat for the eyes and the palate.

During the night, renowned chefs of Vegas Uncork’d signed an exclusive chef’s coat to raise funds in support of culinary legends. Buddy Valastro, Daniel Boulud, Francois Payard, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Joel Robuchon, Julian Serrano, Mario Batali, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Shawn McClain and Thomas Keller have joined forces to create these one-of-a-kind collector’s items in honor of Rock ‘n Roll Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon, a dear friend and colleague to so many in the culinary world who is fighting Multiple System Atrophy and Max Jacobson, who was injured in a severe car accident.

Kerry Simon and Adam Rapoport
Kerry Simon and Adam Rapoport

The chef’s coat will be auctioned with proceeds donated to Keep Memory Alive in support of the Kerry Simon Multiple System Atrophy Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and to aid Max Jacobson’s recovery. Bids will be accepted until May 18th at 11:59 p.m. EST online or via text. Please visit: for more information. Photo credit: Erik Kabik/ RETNA/

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Bill Cody is an entertainment, technology and luxury travel reporter in Las Vegas. He reports on celebrities, events, tech, food, Las Vegas and luxury travel.

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