Famous Food Faire

Television celebrity chefs have been padding their culinary resumes with Las Vegas eateries for more than a decade, but several still manage to attract long, long lines of hungry Vegas visitors, and they show no signs of abating.

Buddy Valastro, The Learning Channel’s “Cake Boss” from Hoboken, New Jersey, unveiled his Buddy V’s Ristorante – the first restaurant to sport his name, back in late fall 2013. Buddy V’s serves casual Italian brunches, lunches, and dinners, like the ones he makes for his family, at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

Saying that food has always been at the center of his family’s life, Valastro’s Carlo’s Bake Shop across the hall serves rich cream-filled lobster tails and decadent cannoli’s as well as other dishes made popular by his parents and his Nonna (grandmother). The two spots are widely popular and command long lines.

Food Network celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis made headlines in 2014 when she opened the only restaurant in the country bearing her name, Giada Restaurant, at The Cromwell. In early 2018, she followed up on the success of Giada with the opening of Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace, a casual Italian restaurant that features delectable artisanal pastries, savory Italian-inspired sandwiches, antipasti, gelato and more.

There has been no shortage of good Italian-food restaurants since. Since Pronto’s opening, noted celebrity and unparalleled chef Bobby Flay shuttered his famous-for-16-years Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace and opened in its place, Amalfi. This upscale restaurant, inspired by Flay’s travels to Italy and the Amalfi Coast, features the ubiquitous seafood of the southern Italian coast. Don’t miss the authentic Mediterranean tastes of his squid or scallop dishes as well as the lobster entrees.

Guy Fieri, of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives fame, has several Vegas restaurants that boast his name: Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar is the oldest having opened in 2014, and then there’s El Burro Borracho (literally translates into the Drunken Donkey). He also has one of his casual Chicken Guy! walk-ups in Las Vegas. Having recently renewed his contract with the Food Network for three years for $80 million, he is the highest paid chef on the cable television network. Through the year 2024, he will be making approximately $27 million per year, and folks love to line up to eat at one of his Las Vegas eateries. Other chefs worth mentioning include Gordon Ramsay, who has four primetime national network TV shows and five Las Vegas restaurant hotspots. He can be found on any given night on “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Masterchef,” “Masterchef Junior,” “24 Hours to Hell and Back,” and now “Next Level Chef” for Fox Television.

He has five restaurants in Las Vegas: Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Gordon Ramsay Burger, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips. Emeril Lagasse started his trademark “Bam!” on the Food Network and has three restaurants in Vegas including the New Orleans Fish House, which has been at the MGM Grand for more than 20 years, the Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian, and Lagasse’s Stadium sports bar and Table 10 at the Palazzo.

This story would be remiss not to mention Wolfgang Puck, who basically is the original celebrity chef. He has Spago at Caesars Palace, CUT, a steakhouse at The Palazzo, and the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill as well as several other spots including Lupo by Wolfgang Puck.
There are many entertainment and dining options in Las Vegas, but few are more fun than spotting a celebrity chef at his or her restaurant in Las Vegas.  Dine out today and increase your odds.

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