Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018|2 a.m.
. This edition of the Rewind starts with unhappiness as the Las Vegas Strip and the international culinary community are grieving a remarkable loss: “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon died Monday in Geneva after a long battle with cancer; he was 73. One of the world’s most awarded chefs and restaurateurs, Robuchon was a frequent visitor in Las Vegas after he opened two dining establishments at MGM Grand in 2006, the city’s only Michelin three-star winner Joël Robuchon and the surrounding L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.
” Mr. Robuchon always set the bar when it concerned providing the absolute best cuisine, service and hospitality. The many popular awards and distinctions he got throughout his career are a testimony to his commitment to his craft,” said MGM Resorts International Elder Vice President of Food & & Beverage Ari Kastrati. “Even more so, however, it was the way he motivated individuals that is so memorable. Whether in the kitchen area working alongside his chef teams or at a cooking occasion where fans lined up to see him, you might constantly tell that he brought an enormous amount of joy to others. His culinary genius will continue to survive on in the minds and hearts of all he touched.”
I met with Robuchon several times and interviewed him at length 5 years earlier, asking the master about international patterns in cuisine and his hospitality viewpoint. He informed me he loved hanging out in Las Vegas since of its diverse visitors: “Possibly more in Las Vegas than anywhere else on the planet I travel, there is a melting pot of customers, actually a stunning worldwide base. It’s incredible to see all these different international responses to the same food.” You can read that 2013 interview at Las Vegas Weekly. Marcus Skrinak/Spiegelworld Josh Groban backstage at” Opium.” Friday night’s opening
was another epic concert event at Park Theater, however Saturday night’s performance was extra unique because another music legend remained in the house. Sheila E brought her family to the program as well as attended drums for a bit with Stevie, who has three more dates this week. Speaking of legends, the terrific Carlos Santana and your home of Blues at Mandalay
Bay announced an extension of his musical residency” An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Strikes Live” into 2019. Santana is back on the HOB stage in September, October and November, and now he’s planning to return for six shows in January and two in February, marking the seventh year of the blockbuster jam session. Struck Ticketmaster and get yours. Is” Opium” the hottest show on the Strip? In terms of attracting celebs, it may be on top.
On Saturday night, the Spiegelworld comedy at the Cosmopolitan hosted singer, songwriter and star Josh Groban as well as” Tanked” star and Donut Mania owner Brett Raymer, and Friday saw a check out from longtime Harrah’s headlining magician Mac King. And if you spent your Sunday night travelling downtown Las Vegas, you may have captured a number of “Opium “cast members cutting loose and singing along at Fremont East watering hole Don’t Tell Mama. Finally, the weekend might be over but today is a special day for Matt Goss. The elegant crooner is celebrating his 100th program at
1 Oak, the bar at the Mirage, by receiving a Key to the Las Vegas Strip as Clark County declares Wednesday, Aug. 8, as Matt Goss Day.” I am so extremely honored and grateful to this town for taking me under its wing for practically Ten Years, “he Instagrammed.” Please come and commemorate my 100th program at the Mirage on Tuesday night. My inmost love and thanks. “