Marinated Roasted Beets at Marché Bacchus

This exceptional appetizer can only be found at executive chef Jean Paul Labadie’s Desert Shores hot spot. Smoked trout, apple salad, micro arugula and toasted walnut bread are placed on roasted marinated beets. A classic combination, the beets and apples balance well with the smokiness of the trout. $12, 2620 Regatta Dr., No. 106, 804-8008.

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Marc St. Jacques

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By Max Jacobson

It’s hard to miss 6-foot-5-inch Marc St. Jacques, executive chef at Michael Mina in Bellagio. He fairly towers over everyone else on the line in the kitchen. He is French Canadian, as his name might imply, and his appreciation for fresh ingredients began early in life, during summer trips to his grandparents’ farm. He came to the United States at age 19 and earned a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. He’s been cooking for Mina for several years now, and before moving to Las Vegas with his wife last year, he manned the stoves at Mina’s restaurant at the MGM Grand in Detroit.