It Takes a Village

Two stars of the worldwide cooking community will lend a hand in raising up the next generation of restaurateurs and culinarians when they host the eighth Chef Artist Series at UNLV’s William F. Harrah’s College of Hotel Administration.

Chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten—owner of Bellagio’s Prime Steakhouse and Aria’s Jean-Georges—and Prime executive chef Sean Griffin have created a four-course menu with paired wines for the April 12 affair. But it is entirely up to the hospitality students to handle everything else associated with pulling off such a grand event. This includes marketing, decor, table design and decoration, style of service, management, training, scheduling and execution.

Menu highlights for this series includes ahi tuna tartare, cucumber-wrapped Dungeness crab and chili-rubbed beef skewers as hors d’oeuvres; a bacon-wrapped shrimp with passion mustard and cumin-scented honey for the first course; and a New York strip steak entrée, served with wasabi pommes Dauphine and hon-shimeji mushrooms with a miso mustard.

This capstone class, headed by Dr. Donald Wood and UNLV’s executive chef John Gremo, gives students the chance to take on management responsibilities in a real-world setting with paying patrons while working alongside some of the greatest chefs in the world, such as last year’s celebrity guest, Joël Robuchon.

All proceeds from the sale of the 180 seats ($150 each) will fund the scholarships and equipment upgrades at the college.

Chef Vongerichten’s dinner will take place at 6 p.m. April 12 at Stan Fulton Building on the southeast corner of Swenson Avenue and Flamingo Road. To RSVP, contact Gadine Whitaker at 895-1330.

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