Gordon Ramsay spills the beans, kinda

In what has been called one of the city’s worst-kept secrets, TV’s celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay pseudo-announced his impending Paris steak house during the other worst-kept secret, the filming of the finale of the next season of Hell’s Kitchen, attended by thousands in the Barry Manilow Theatre at Paris Las Vegas on June 21. Chef Ramsay incorporated a number of local entertainers and chefs into the show, indicating with unusual caginess (he’s not known to mince his words) his intent to open a restaurant “very close to here.”

Rumors of his scoping out the property reached Vegas Seven last fall; the restaurant is expected to open this fall. And should you truly want to know who makes it to the Hell’s Kitchen finale before the season has even begun, a quick Twitter search will take care of that for you; more than one birdie in the audience committed the grave sin of Tweeting the names of the finalists. Season 9 begins July 18 and 19 on Fox; the Vegas finale will run in January.

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Few do brunch so well as Kerry Simon at his eponymous Palms Place restaurant. All the chef’s hallmarks are there, including his famous junk-food dessert platter, but it’s the French toast that steals the show. Thick and eggy brioche is rolled in—what else?—Frosted Flakes. Covered with berries and dripping in Vermont maple syrup is the way to eat it. It’s not the healthiest way to start a day, but Sundays are perfect for treating yourself. $13, in Palms Place, 944-3299.