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Chef Rick Moonen and Critic Jay Rayner Go To The Mattresses Online!

There has been a virtual shit storm to erupt over douchebag critic, Jay Rayner, giving our beloved Chef Rick Moonen the mighty shaft on Top Chef Masters. The fracas started when Rayner questioned Moonen’s passion for sustainability when Rick used venison from New Zealand as part of his final meal. The reduction in score by Rayner [...]

Congratulations to Las Vegas' Own Chef Rick Moonen On A Hell of A Top Chef Masters Run (Spoiler Alert!)

No matter the result, Las Vegas was proud to have resident executive chef, Rick Moonen, of RM Seafood as well as executive chef of Border Grill, Susan Feniger, be represented so well in this season of Top Chef Masters. Last night was the finale which saw our Rick Moonen go toe-to-toe with the likes of [...]

The Chefs of Vegas Uncork'd: Out of the Kitchen

While most of the outside world perceives the city limits of Las Vegas to not exceed the boundaries of Las Vegas Boulevard (between Sahara and Russell, that is), we residents know there is so much more to our little twinkle in the desert.  I remember when The Wife and I first moved to Vegas almost [...]

Vegas Uncork'd 2010 Kicked Off With A Champagne Splash

Vegas Uncork’d. Where do I even begin?  The sad thing is that I can pretty much sum up the entire experience in two words; Holy Shit! Since “Holy Shit!” doesn’t really do much for discerning readers looking for juicy details, I guess I should expand upon that thought and let the gush flow as it [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Stuff We Didn’t Get To From Last Week

Last week opened up with the James Beard Foundation Awards and closed with the epic parade of fabulous gluttony that is Vegas Uncork’d.  With juggling these major events, Tasting Las Vegas majorly shit the bed in coverage of some other important events that happened this past week.

Chef Jose Andres (courtesy: lamag.com)

First of which is [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Las Vegas Chefs Find Out If They're James Beard Award Winners TODAY!

James Beard Foundation Award (courtesy: sfweekly.com)

Could this be the Year of the Moonen? A Jöel Robuchon Vegas Trifecta? We will all find out in just a few short hours as the Chef and Restaurant James Beard Foundation Awards will be announced in New York City starting at about 2:00pm Vegas time (5:00pm in the [...]

Chef Rick Moonen Celebrates Re-Opening of RM Upstairs and Top Chef Masters Redemption!

So my first Tasting Las Vegas gig was a blast. I am often included in Mike’s dining adventures as “The Wife” but during this particular event, I was left on my own to tweet, hobnob and taste deliciousness as “The Husband” headed to work (editor’s note: I gots to pay tha’ billz).  My job as [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Rick Moonen To Be Featured on This Week's Top Chef Masters

Chef Rick Moonen

Finally, the week has arrived for 2010 James Beard Foundation Award Nominee and Las Vegas’ Own, Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, to strut his stuff on Top Chef Masters and make up for The Great Moon Doggie Debacle of Season 1.  From the looks of things from the [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Giada De Laurentiis Holds Book Signing and Top Chef Masters Season 2 Begins

Giada at Home

The miracle mile of teeth is signing books today at the Miracle Mile Shops!  Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis will be signing her new book “Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California” on Monday, April 5 at 5pm at the Sur La Table store in the Miracle Mile Shops [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Las Vegas Review-Journal Hands Out Best of Las Vegas Awards

The Best of Las Vegas Logo

The Las Vegas Review-Journal released their 2010 Best of Las Vegas awards yesterday in the Sunday paper and sort of online at http://BestofLasVegas.com.  I say “sort of” for the online version because as of the writing of this post, many of the hotel restaurant awards are M.I.A.  Congratulations to [...]