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Robuchon, Ducasse, Gagnaire, Keller to Cook Bocuse Tribute

Paul Bocuse.
Paul Bocuse.
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Here's news of a pretty epic-sounding dinner at Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit (May 5-8): The "Toques Off to Paul Bocuse," aka the "Who's Who of Award-Winning Chefs Pay Tribute to Global Culinary Icon, Chef Paul Bocuse."

The idea of "Toques Off to Paul Bocuse" is a dinner to "pay tribute to the 20th century’s most influential and revered culinary icon, Paul Bocuse," and that means bringing in a bunch of chefs including Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Pierre Gagnaire, Hubert Keller, Guy Savoy, and Julian Serrano (more to come is promised). The chefs "will pair off, each duo responsible for crafting and presenting one delectable dish in a multi-course dinner inspired by Chef Bocuse’s revolutionary nouvelle cuisine methodology."

The dinner is May 7 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and tickets will set you back a hefty $395 per person.

It's food festival season apparently: Pebble Beach just announced its 2011 lineup yesterday and earlier today a new food and wine festival, Flavor! in Napa Valley, was announced.

Who’s Who of Award-Winning Chefs Pay Tribute to Global Culinary Icon, Chef Paul Bocuse, at Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit

May 7 Extravaganza at MGM Grand will be THE Place for Food Lovers as Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Pierre Gagnaire, Hubert Keller, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano and Many More Prepare Dinner of a Lifetime to Honor Definitive Name in French Gastronomy

LAS VEGAS (March 15, 2011) – Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit today announced the addition of an extraordinary culinary experience, “Toques Off to Paul Bocuse,” to its fifth annual weekend of events, May 5-8. On Saturday, May 7, an unprecedented lineup of the world’s greatest chefs will gather at MGM Grand to pay tribute to the 20th century’s most influential and revered culinary icon, Paul Bocuse. Creator of the Bocuse d’Or—the world’s most prestigious international culinary competition held annually in Lyon, France—Chef Bocuse has influenced generations of chefs from around the world and multitudes of food lovers they serve.

L'invité d'honneur will be Jérôme Bocuse, son of Paul, a celebrated Master Chef in his own right and a board member of the prestigious Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation. Among the names already confirmed for this unforgettable evening to celebrate this legendary career are Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Pierre Gagnaire, Hubert Keller, Guy Savoy and Julian Serrano with more to come. These illustrious chefs will pair off, each duo responsible for crafting and presenting one delectable dish in a multi-course dinner inspired by Chef Bocuse’s revolutionary nouvelle cuisine methodology. Each chef preparing a course will offer guests an overview of the dish and, more specifically, how it was inspired by Chef Bocuse.

“Occupying the top position on a global roster of elite culinary icons, Paul Bocuse has impacted the contemporary culinary landscape more than any other chef in history,” said Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit’s editor-in-chief. “The best chefs in the world credit him with their own passion for superior cuisine and enthusiastically stepped up to honor him during this year’s Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit.”

In addition to the meticulously prepared and lavish dinner, the evening will begin with a reception where guests can mingle with these culinary stars, followed by a Champagne toast to Chef Paul Bocuse, and ending with a video retrospective of his life, legend and lasting influence, not only in the realm of French gastronomy, but also in the finest restaurants throughout the world.

Rob O’Keefe, executive director of Vegas Uncork’d, said, “Las Vegas is the epicenter for culinary star power and one-of-a-kind experiences. For that reason, it is only fitting that our destination serves as the place for this incredible collection of chefs coming together to honor this icon.”


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