Beware the Unicorns

Chef Kerry Simon took Vanessa Marcil—she of General Hospital and Las Vegas fame—to cotton candy school Dec. 18 at his Palms restaurant. She was with a group that included co-star Maurice Benard in the Herb Room at Simon’s Palms Place restaurant. For her efforts in the kitchen, she earned a cotton candy scarf. We’d never wear one, of course, because that’s how you get set upon by a herd of ravenous unicorns, but she looked swell in hers.

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