You can’t pass up Lorena Garcia, the first Latina chef on the Strip, and John Kunkel of 50 Eggs’ celebration of Latin cuisine from Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Peru.
What to Expect: In just a few dishes, it’ll feel like you’ve traveled around South America.
Pro Tip: Do the Nazca Winter − a drink that involves cinnamon-scented fog.
What to Eat:
So many levels of delicious.
Entrée: Meyer Lemon Rotisserie Chicken
You can get half or full. But you’ll probably want the full chicken.
Dessert: Lemon Buñuelos
Crispy, zesty, chocolate-y donuts.
DEFINING DINING TODAY
Vegas is constantly redefining itself as a culinary destination.
We’ve always been super accessible. Especially now with an unprecedented amount of celebrity chefs per square mile. Anyone can grab a table at the five-star restaurant they’ve been dying to try. It seems that any food critic or culinary expert couldn’t deny Vegas as a foodie city.
But, in the past, “(Michelin has) shied away from Vegas because there’s not enough homegrown Vegas (restaurants). And we’ve seen that change,” says Sheckells. “Now, we’re starting to develop more of our own food identity.”
And we certainly are. Take internationally recognized chef Lorena Garcia who, in collaboration with John Kunkel’s 50 Eggs Inc., recently opened Chica, in The Venetian Las Vegas, their newest hand-crafted concept.
“In Las Vegas, you have this foodie culture where (people) go and enjoy. They give you feedback. They really enjoy the mixology program that goes hand-in-hand with the food. It’s this entire experience. And that, to me, that’s what it’s all about − being able to have a restaurant in a place like that,” says Garcia.
As chef Milliken describes, “Vegas is on the cutting edge. There’s something about the way the energy in this city works that really nurtures new and innovative ideas.”
It’s that unrestrained ability to innovate that attracts the “club of the culinary titans” that Garcia describes. For chefs, “When you go to Vegas you feel like you made it. … I couldn’t dream of anything else,” says Garcia.
Standing in the middle of The Grand Tasting, you can see that Garcia is just one of many chefs proud to call Vegas their home. Today, if you’re searching for a place to eat on the Strip, you’ll come across big names like Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay and Hubert Keller. You’ll have the option of treating yourself to dinner at Carnevino by Mario Batali, Searsucker by Brian Malarkey, or at Giada by Giada De Laurentiis. You’ll get to pick which Guy you prefer − Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar or Restaurant Guy Savoy. And you’ll get to decide between José Andrés’ Wagyu Beef Cheeks, Buddy Valastro’s Marsala or Nobu Matsuhisa’s Foie Gras.