Thursday, March 17, 2011

Iconic French Chef Paul Bocuse Tribute in Las Vegas

Chef Paul Bocuse
Vegas Uncork’d by Bon AppĂ©tit 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.

Guest of honor will be Jerome Bocuse, Paul's son.   Chef's Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Pierre Gagnaire, Hubert Keller, Guy Savoy and Julian Serrano will each be responsible for creating and preparing signature dishes in a multi-course dinner inspired by Chef Bocuse's
nouvelle cuisine method.

In addition to the meticulous prepared and lavish dinner, the evening will begin with a reception where guest can mingle with these culinary stars, followed by a Champagne toast to Chef 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. -Press release-

My comments:  I remember meeting Chef Bocuse in Paris when I was a culinary student at Le Cordon Bleu in 1974.   His restaurant in Lyon, France was known for haute cuisine with rich sauces, fine service and a sky-high price tag.    Doesn't sound like Mr. Bocuse (85) will show up in person for this Vegas $395 soiree!   Maybe I'll be surprised.