Monday, July 9, 2018|2 a.m.
. In all my years covering the happenings on the Strip and checking out various experiences all over the city, I have actually learned that our hospitality specialists make Las Vegas look simple.
I’m advised of this while I’m attempting to fold dumplings in the kitchen at one of the finest Chinese restaurants in the country, Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas. Chef Chen Wei Chan has shown how to develop the best little golden bag shapes with soft wonton wrappers packed with pork: “Fold it twice and it becomes a triangle, right? Flip it around, utilize a little water,” then he brings the ends together and positions the beautiful dumpling in front of us. “Extremely simple. Not that hard.” I think him, however my dumplings will not come out so great and simple.
Wynn Master Class Series at Wing Lei Master Class at Wing Lei located inside Wynn Las Vegas. Thumbnails Gallery I was one of about 30 guests participating in the Wynn Master Class Series occasion on June 15 at Wing Lei, the only Forbes 5 star Chinese restaurant in the country, where the sharing of behind-the-scenes secrets and the offering of hands-on instruction culminated in a tasty lunch by executive chef Ming Yu and his group.
We watched chef Alan Ji prepare Three Cup sea bass with garlic, scallions, fresh basil and red jalapeños, then wore aprons and marched into the kitchen area to shape salads of Alaskan king crab, avocado and mango with chef Michael Chen. Later we received recipes for the all meals we developed and tested (and it appears like the Shaoxing cooking wine is the active ingredient that makes all the difference because spicy, sweet and sour fish meal, so pick some up at your preferred Asian market).
This is the third year for the series of popular experiential shows at Wynn. The very first Master Class Series consisted of other diverse events constructed around the residential or commercial property’s music and nightlife offerings, home entertainment and occasion preparation and more. However the food and beverage classes were the most popular so this year’s sessions focus on those topics. The series resumes on Friday, July 13 with the Master Pasta Making class at Costa di Mare with executive chef Mark LoRusso, and the month closes with a Sushi and Summer season Cocktails event on July 27 at Andrea’s at Repetition.
Future classes resolve embellishing cakes, picking wine, vegan cooking, tasting bourbon and dealing with members of the Wynn floral style group. The grand finale is the popular vacation Treat Trimming Party on December 15, a workshop with award-winning pastry chef Patrice Caillot.
Workshop times differ and rates range from $125 to $175 per person. The Wynn Master Class Series is open to residents, too, not just hotel visitors. Reservations can be made by calling the concierge at 702-770-7070 and more info can be found at wynnlasvegas.com.